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Linwood North School

Centennial 1908-2008

Linwood North Centennial Book

1908 - 2008
Compiled by Tim Baker

Throughout this centennial book a lot of information has been sourced

from the 25th, 50th and the 75th Jubilee books.


978-0-473-14155-4 COPYRIGHT 2008


Top Photograph: Whole School, Centennial Day,
4th August 2008
Small Photographs - Left to Right:
1. Linwood Cadets 1913
2. Dental Clinic 1940s
3. Linwood North Football 1940
4. Class in the 1920s
5. First Year Pupils Standards 3 & 4 - 1908

221 Woodham Road - Christchurch 8062

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This wonderful record of the history of Linwood North School has been collated by our
local historian Tim Baker, as part of the memorabilia and events planned to celebrate the
schools centennial during Labour Weekend.
We know you will enjoy reading about the events and the people that have contributed to
shape the success, traditions, innovation and excellence together with the joys and the
sorrows of a school which has had the privilege of educating many generations of children
living in the North Linwood area of Christchurch.
I am proud to be the current Principal of Linwood North School. Since 2003 it has been my
privilege to be the leader of a caring, loyal school staff and friendly, motivated student
learners. Together we join with ex-pupils, parents, staff and the community to celebrate this
momentous occasion of our schools centenary year.
Throughout the last one hundred years there has been a partnership of outstanding leadership and dedicated loyal staff committed to providing an excellent education for the children
of the North Linwood community. With the support of the wider community, we can be
proud that today Linwood North School maintains its excellent tradition of serving the educational needs of our diverse multicultural community in this part of Christchurch.
We can look back to the past with appreciation where the spirit of the school was embodied
in enterprise and Linwood North was a school providing quality education where
children come first. We can look forward to the future in the knowledge that our school is
already recognised nationally as a school of enterprise and innovation. With the wonderful
anticipation and challenge of building all new school classrooms and administration areas
for our future generations of learners during 2009, we will continue to strive to offer an education in which all our teaching and learning provides opportunities for all learners to be
Learning to take us places
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Centennial Committee and the school community both
past and present, I wish to sincerely thank Mr Tim Baker, our historian. It has been an
enormous task to research through the school archives to write such a full and interesting
account of our school. We acknowledge our huge gratitude to Tim and also to the former
historians who collated the records of the previous 25th, 50th and 75th jubilees. Our special
thanks go also to the previous Principal Basil Shead, for his foresight in collating the 19081999 history book update for the millennium.
Happy reading and reminiscing everyone.
Sandra Peter
Chairperson, Centennial Committee
Principal, August 2008


Centennial Committee

Back Row: Allan Campbell, Michelle Lewis, Janice Munro, Roger Munro, Rodney Allfrey, Shirley Hall,
Daphne Brunton, Debbie Allfrey
Front Row: Janet Cowan, Sherran Tritt, Helen Singleton, Sandra Peter (Chairperson), Liz Campbell,
Carol Greene, Tim Baker

Board of Trustees

Back Row: Sherran Tritt, Nicola Cosgrove (Staff Rep), Lusila Tahaafe (Pasifika Rep), Sarah Aspinwall (Finance)
Front Row: Rose Seinafo (Chairperson), Sandra Peter (Principal)
Absent: Marama Brown (Maori Rep)

Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Welcome from the Principal

Centennial Committee and B.O.T.

Forward from 1933

Early History

1908 - 1919


1920 - 1929


1930 - 1939


1940 - 1949
1950 - 1959
1960 - 1969
1970 - 1979
1980 - 1989
1990 - 1999
2000 - 2008
Past, Present and the Future
Honours Boards
Eldest and Newest Pupils
School Houses
Monday 4th August 2008
School Centennial Birthday
Snap Shots
Christchurch Star Newspaper






When the school opened on 3rd August 1908, the school was named North Linwood School. In 1914 it was
officially altered to Linwood School to avoid confusion with Linwood Avenue School, but then in 1935 the
name officially reverted back to North Linwood School. It appears in 1938 photographs that the school had
been again renamed as Linwood North School.
Throughout this publication the school is mainly referred to as North Linwood School to help avoid confusion.

Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008


The following is from the project/book by Jessie Snowdon called
To the Brink and Back - the decline and recovery of Linwood House
The William Hyde set sail from England in October 1851 with a shipload of settlers, embarking on a voyage
to join the Canterbury Pilgrims in far off New Zealand.
In the middle-class section of the ship, probably with a cluttered but comfortable cabin were emigrants Joseph
and Sophia Brittan and Josephs three sons Joe, Arthur and Francis (Frank) aged fifteen, eight and four
respectively and his daughter Mary. Somewhere else on board was Josephs livestock; ducks, geese, pheasants,
rabbits and a Devon cow.
Some little girls would have enjoyed the excitement of the sea voyage and the little cabin, but for Mary, aged
six, this was probably not the case. In her later life, Mary travelled as little as possible and was known to be
violently sea-sick. If this sickness existed during her childhood, then the four month journey cannot have been
much fun. Marys father was a well off Englishman and following in his younger brothers footsteps by
migrating to New Zealand. His brother, William Guise Brittan had come to Canterbury with the pilgrims in
1850, and was an important member of the Canterbury Association. Fortunately for Marys father, William
had secured them a house in Hereford Street. If no house had awaited them the Brittans may have had to live in
rough shacks or crowded barracks until one could be built.
It is difficult to know how little Mary Brittan would have felt about the move to New Zealand. Coming from a
middle class family in England she may have been used to little luxuries that had to be forgone in the colony.
She had no sisters but a number of girl cousins amongst Williams children and it is quite possible they were
her only playmates.
Soon after arriving in Canterbury, Joseph bought fifty acres of land in Avonside. The sale is recorded in the
Canterbury Association record books under Conveyances, Rural Sections 1851- 51. The boundaries of the
land were triangular with one point touching the Avon River road and one boundary line going down Canal
Reserve (now Linwood Avenue). Many sources talk about him owning or renting rural section 301 as well as
300. the record book states that section 301was bought by John Lynthcote Applewhaite and so Brittan most
likely leased it from this man and may well have later purchased the property. At the top of his section, near
the River Avon, Joseph set aside ten acres for a house, gardens and orchard and the rest of the one hundred
acres he used as farmland.
For the five years while Joseph developed the section he and his family lived in Hereford Street. During this
time Joseph became very involved in the community about him. He sent his sons to Christ's Collage, no doubt
to get a proper English education, and in 1854 he was part owner and editor of the Canterbury Standard, a
weekly newspaper. In 1885 he was elected to the Canterbury Provincial Council, a
position he held until
1857, and again from 1861-62. Thus, Mary grew up with politics and developed a keen interest in politics and
the way politics worked.
By 1857, Josephs house at Avonside
was ready to be lived in. It was a fine
brick mansion, no doubt one of the most
impressive in Canterbury at the time. It
was Georgian in style and had a carriage
drive which led all the way to the river.

April 26th 1872

Joseph named the house and farm after

Linwood in Hampshire, England.


In 1857, Linwood was not part of Christchurch. It was considered a rural section and this is understandable. In
many ways living at Linwood the Brittans were quite isolated. The swamps and marshlands surrounding
Christchurch made it a difficult journey to the city. During the winter the trip was virtually impossible due to
the conditions of the roads. Linwood and other rural areas were practically cut off from Christchurch.
The journey from Linwood to the city was so great that Mary, who attended a young ladies school in Oxford
Terrace, had to board at the school and communicate with her family through letters rather than visits.
Mary did not stay at school, perhaps because she was needed so much at home. Early Christchurch was poorly
drained and had no sewage system in place until the late 1880s. Human waste was often buried in back yards
or collected and dumped in the sandhills. For this reason, the health of many early settlers was appalling.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

The Brittans were no different from other settlers and they too suffered ill health. Mary frequently suffered
from colds, sore throats and boils and her father was prone to terrible headaches and gout. Worse off however
was Sophia. Sophia was constantly ill and as a result could do little about the house. Most of the organisation
of the house fell upon Mary, the only other female. From the age of ten Mary would play hostess when her
father entertained friends, or, more often, political acquaintances. Even from school, she wrote letters ordering
things on behalf of Sophia.
Despite all her household duties, Mary was heavily involved in the Anglican Church. The original Holy Trinity
of Avonside was built about the same time as Linwood House, not far from the gates. Marys uncle William
contributed greatly to the funds to build the church and was later a Churchwarden. Marys family were regular
church goers and Mary sang in the choir and often organised church outings and Sunday School lessons. She
didnt often accept views she didnt agree with. Rosamond Rolleston tells of a time when Mary threatened to
withdraw the entire womens section of the choir because she didnt like the style of hymns being sung!
While the household duties fell on Mary the farm duties definitely fell on Arthur, her older brother. Arthur had
attended Christs Collage and been ranked sixth on the school list. He had an interest in cricket but his main
interest lay not in sport but in the farm. It appears Joseph leant heavily on Arthur to run the farm while he
battled ill health, politics and financial troubles. The eldest son Joe (Joseph) was an unusual character. There is
little information on him, and it seems he may have been a little socially backward. He had a brilliant school
career but the promise faded as he did nothing with his life. Although the eldest, it seems he had no
responsibilities like his brothers did. He lived at home and then with his brother Frank for his entire life.
Frank, unlike Arthur, appears to have little interest in the farm but was very sports orientated. The Brittan
family enjoyed horse racing and bred horses for this reason. They often attended horse races at Hagley Park
and Christchurchs first steeple-chase was run over Linwood farm. Early Christchurch folk seemed to all enjoy
sports and as well as horse racing, Hagley Park was used for other sports such as cricket. There were always
large crowds for sports events and Frank was no different in this way from many young men. He preferred
hunting with his cousins to working on the farm and would often go on hunting trips to Banks Peninsular,
sometimes staying away for several nights. Frank was always Sophias favourite and he may have used this to
get out of choirs. When Mary was at boarding school it was his job to deliver messages to her but only when
he felt inclined to do so which he often didnt.
Despite his lack of interest, the responsibilities of the farm were forced upon him in an unexpected and tragic
way. Early on New Years morning 1862, Arthur, who was not a strong swimmer, was drowned in the River
Avon. Frank and Arthur were bathing together when Arthur lost his footing and was swept away. Frank and
his father tried desperately to save him but they did not succeed. His body was recovered more than three quarters of an hour later. The loss of his very capable and much loved son devastated Joseph. Three months after
the accident, Linwood was offered for sale.
Nothing came of the offer however and the Brittans continued to live there. Josephs life seemed to go down
hill from there. He lost his seat in the Canterbury Provincial Council for a second time in 1862. In 1863 he
succeeded John Hall as resident magistrate for Christchurch and Kaiapoi but even this was short lived. He was
forced to retire owing to ill health in 1864 and was never politically active again. Although he had been an
excellent politician Joseph was not a popular man. He has been described as having a sarcastic biting manner
and his ill health often made him irritable. Because of this, and because Sophia was so often bed-bound, Mary
may well have been the social backbone of the family. She attracted attention and respect from a number of
men. She could provide serious opposition in a game of backgammon or whist and could hold long political
discussions. Like most girls of her class, she also attended balls and parties and was said to be quite striking. It
was rumoured in the early 1860s that Samuel Butler hinted at marriage and may have even proposed to her
through a third person. Nothing came of the proposal but Butler continued to admire Mary as a friend. He was
not alone in his admiration and two years later, William Rolleston aged thirty three proposed marriage to Mary
aged nineteen while strolling in the sand hills near Linwood. To Williams delight, and Sophias and Josephs
horror, Mary accepted. Perhaps the age difference made Sophia and Joseph object to the marriage or maybe
the fact that Sophia relied so much on Mary to run the house. Mary was sent to stay with some cousins in the
country so she could think it over but she did not change her mind. William was very politically active and in
1865 he was offered the position of Under Secretary for Native Affairs. They married on the 25th May 1865
and after a brief honeymoon in Sumner, moved to Wellington so William could take up the position.
Still at Linwood were Sophia and Joseph, both of ill health, Joe of unknown mental state and poor Frank who
probably would much rather be out hunting than looking after ninety acres of farm land. An advertisement
appeared in the Press newspaper in November 1865 requesting A single man to live in the house; he must be
a good milker and willing to assist generally in the farm and gardening.


No doubt the Brittans had farm hands, but this single man may have been more of a direct assistant to Frank
if he was to live in the house.
In 1867, Joseph grew weaker and weaker and finally died on 27th October. He was buried next to Arthur in the
graveyard of the Holy Trinity Church, Avonside. He left everything, including his debts to his widow Sophia.
After Josephs death the estate and accounts were in shambles. William Rolleston was about to be elected
Superintendent of Canterbury and so Mary and him moved back to Christchurch and into Linwood. This meant
William and Mary would pay a rent to Sophia and the Superintendents salary would help as well. William
advised Sophia to take out a mortgage on the house rather than sell off land to pay debts and he wrote to the
bank manager guaranteeing the mortgage. By this stage, William and Mary had two children and nursemaids
and Linwood House once again became a family home.
With William at Linwood House, the house became, in status, a house of great grandeur. As superintendent
and with Mary as Superintendent's wife, diner parties, luncheons and many formal occasions would have been
hosted there. I have heard many rumours but have no proof that the Duke of Edinburgh stayed or visited at
Linwood House during his trip to Christchurch in 1869. the Governor General certainly lunched there on one
occasion and no doubt many important political figures spent time at the house.
The farm was improving. Frank had worked hard and turned the farm into valuable land. However, there was
conflict between Frank and William and despite Williams advice, Frank sold off most of the farms horses,
cattle, sheep and pigs in 1873, probably to help pay off the mortgage.
William continued to financially support the Brittans but still the house always seemed to be lacking. This
must have been obvious, for at a diner party a guest quite loudly pointed out that the carpet on the stairs needed
By this time, Mary and William had six children. This was not unusual for the time; due to a lack of
knowledge of contraception most families were large. This must have placed a good deal of strain on Mary and
Sophia. Linwood House had eight rooms, only four of them bedrooms and living there were Sophia, Frank,
Mary, William, six children and nursemaids. Joe had been sent to stay with an aunt and this would have helped
a little in spacing problems.
Eventually, Sophias illness got the better of her and in 1877 she passed away. She to was buried at the Holy
Trinity Church, across from Joseph. Perhaps in her ill health she didnt realise how much William had helped
financially with the house, for in her will the house, farm and everything else went to Frank. Mary was left
four hundred pounds and the piano and Joe was to receive twenty pounds annually for the rest of his life.
William, Mary and the children left Linwood House. William was quite upset over the will and Mary and
Frank saw little of each other after this.
Frank had no intentions of continuing with the farm and the next year most of the land was sold of in building
lots. Land prices were very high and he sold 217
building sections for a total of eighteen thousand, four hundred and thirty two pounds. Just
twenty years earlier, Joseph paid one hundred
and fifty pounds for his whole property. In
1880 Frank sold the house and the rest of the
Jessie Snowdons book continues describing
different owners of Linwood House as well as
the extensive additions. Jessies parents bought
the property in 1988. It had been made into a lot
of flats for rent. Her parents spent a lot of time
and money restoring the house back to a family
home of which they have kept as a rental home
for a big family. Thanks to them Linwood will
be around for perhaps another 151 years. (1857)

Photo of Jessie Snowdon outside

Linwood House 2008


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

From the book Along The Hills A history of the Heathcote Road Board and the Heathcote County Council
1864-1989 by James Watson.
When the Heathcote Road Board was founded in 1864 it inherited a number of comparatively densely
populated and growing suburbs including Avonville (A vonside), (the area extending back from the south bank of
the Avon between what is now Fitzgerald Avenue and Stanmore Road), Waltham, Phillipstown and
Woolston. This area included what was to be called Linwood North.
.There was also considerable expansion away from the railway lines, in the area that was to become
Linwood. Avonville, Phillipstown and the districts between had about 2000 habitants by 1878. Overall the
population of the Heathcote Road District (including the borough of Sydenham which broke away in 1877)
increased from 4306 in 1874 to12,088 in 1878 and 16,324 in 1881. It was estimated at the end of 1873 that
there were 815 dwellings in the district. Six years later the comparable figure was 2749.
.In 1894 a new enterprise, the City and Suburban Tramway Company, opened a service to North Beach
which travelled up Stanmore Road and along North Avon Road and North Parade. Access to this route
encouraged the subdivision of Riversleigh (1896) and Retreat Road (1904), and much of the rest of Avonside
(1906). The western portion of North Linwood was also extensively subdivided. Woodham Roads population,
for example, went from nine to 92 between 1891 and 1901, and Retreat Roads from 47 to 73 over the same
.In 1900 the local centre of the League of New Zealand Wheelmen requested, and was refused, permission
to ride on the Mile (Woodham) Road footpath because of the bad state of the road.
., it was in part of North Linwood that Heathcotes first dust and refuse collection began in 1910, financed
by a levy of five shillings per household per year.
. In 1908 inhabitants of Linwood North and Avonside partitioned to join the City, and did so in 1910. One
reason to change councils was so they could hook up with the Christchurch water supply.
James Watsons book is a very, very interesting read. It can be found at the City Library or in second hand
book shops.
Linwood North continued to grow so rapidly that in 1906 a school was planned and Linwood School opened
on 3rd August 1908.

City Libraries

Linwood North
School site

Woodham (Mile) Road

You can see from this map dated 1890 that there was just one block of houses in the immediate area. Soon
after Avonville, re-named Avonside, was a populous area and Richmond had some small housing blocks but
was mostly market gardens and farm land. Over the next 20 years the area was subdivided and many houses
were built. It is surprising to me that in 1908 when Linwood North School opened that there were over 200
pupils on the first day.




Photograph from Graham Caldwells book - Early Dallington.

Woodham, a two-storey house of 10 rooms

at the Mile Road, Avonside owned by
Thomas Hichens (1795-1868) and later
John Gwalter Palairet (1798 - 1878). A
former name for the property was The
Retreat. A later owner was a book seller
and printer George Hawkes Whitcombe
(1854? - 1917). The surrounding land
became Woodham Park in 1942 and the
house was demolished. Woodham Road
first appears in street directories in 1900
with the alternative name of Mile Road.
This continued until 1955.
Margaret HarperCity Library.

Australasian tennis team in the international competitions [1905].
This information and photograph from the Christchurch City Libraries
collection. Notes 1219.
For the first time in the history of lawn tennis, an international
tournament of a thoroughly respectable character was decided in
competitions held at Wimbledon, England, recently, for a trophy known
as the Davis Cup. The quartet pictured represented Australasia. Reading
from the left, they are: Messrs Norman Brookes and J. Dunlop
(Victoria), Anthony Wilding and H. Parker (New Zealand). This team
made a remarkably good showing amongst the pick of British and
foreign representatives and Brookes crowned himself with glory by
reaching the final round of the Singles Championship. The team
demonstrated conclusively that the standard of Australasian tennis is
fully equal to that of the older countries." Anthony Wilding was born at
Opawa, Christchurch on 31 October 1883. As a child Anthony enjoyed
swimming, cricket and rugby but when his father began to teach him the
rudiments of tennis, it seemed he had found his niche. His fitness training included long gruelling runs over the Cashmere Hills, and by the age of seventeen he had won his first
Canterbury championship. Wilding spent six months at Canterbury University but his parents moved him to
Cambridge University in 1903. In between studying law he played a great deal of sport. He watched his first
Wimbledon in 1903 and played his first tournament the next year. He would
become Wimbledon champion
four times and champion of New Zealand three times. When the first World War broke out, Wilding enlisted in
England. His leadership qualities were quickly recognised and he became a captain in the British Expeditionary Force. At about 4 pm on 9 May 1915, the shell fire became so intolerable that Wilding and his crew left
their vehicle for shelter in the trenches. There, he and many of his men were killed by a direct hit from an artillery shell. The city of Christchurch, his home town, paid tribute to the man by making a memorial for him in
Wilding Park - a grand and hard tennis complex in Woodham Road."
-- Centrecourt : a century of New Zealand tennis / Paul Elenio.

MOORES DRAPERY was on the north

west corner of Woodham Road and Gloucester
Street where the present drapery shop is today.
Photograph and informationGraham Caldwell.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

The following ARE extracts from the Linwood North School 75th Jubilee Book 19-21 August 1983:
In 1906, owing to the rapid growth of the Linwood District, the need of a school was felt by the residents. The
lead was given by Mr W. H. Denton, who, assisted by a committee, early in 1906 energetically canvassed the
district to organise public opinion.
A petition strongly supported by Mr. J. Jamieson, the Linwood member for the Board, was duly presented to
the Education Board, and a grant was obtained. A start was made at the beginning of 1908, and three rooms
were built to accommodate approximately 200 children.
The services of a temporary staff under the headmastership of Mr. S. McCullough were obtained, and on the
morning of August 3rd, 1908, over 200 children attended.

First year pupils

Standards 3 and 4

The facilities at that time consisted of three bare rooms and the front fence and these soon proved to be
inadequate. (An idea of the existing conditions can be gained when it is stated that small children had to be
carried across the road in order to prevent them being bogged in the mud.)
In December, 1908 the first committee was elected at a meeting of 100 householders, the personnel being:
Messrs W.H. Denton (Chairman), G.R. Gundry, B. Ellis, G. Milne, O. Von Sierakovski, J. Clark, A. Hardy, W.
Cook and R. Carter.
The business of the first meeting was the nomination of a permanent staff, and after lengthy deliberations the
following were nominated for appointment: Mr. F.T. Evans (Headmaster), Miss M. Wills (Infant Mistress), Mr
D. M. Shirlaw, Miss Inkpen, Miss G. Fitch and a pupil teacher. This choice is a tribute to the wisdom of the
committee, for all the appointees proved to be teachers of the highest capabilities, who did great work in
building up the ideals of the school.
The committee, led by its enthusiastic Chairman, was ambitious to see Linwood School and its grounds the
best in the Canterbury District, and accordingly the improvement of the grounds and road was the first active
desire. A member of the committee was nominated for the local Roads Board, and the Committee set to work
personally to improve the grounds. The members assembled to toil at 5 a.m. (yes5 a.m that is not a printer's error) and worked strenuously to improve the state of the grounds.
A nurseryman came to their assistance with gifts of shrubs and the grounds were improved very considerably.
The Committee then decided to fill what was known as the duck pond behind the School, and this undertaking required the moving of 3000 yards of soil.
In a year or two the inadequacy of the accommodation became only too apparent and in order to relieve the
position the Education Board supplied a large marquee, which did duty for two yearssome will say it failed
in its duty.
No doubt having in mind the expediency of bearding the lion in his den, the School Committee interrupted
the journey of the Hon. G. Fowlds (then Minister of Education) from Lyttelton to Dunedin and presented such
a strong case for the school that the Minister promised that Linwood should have the first additions.
When he subsequently visited the school, the Minister decided to have two rooms added to the building, which
at the present time forms the main school.

1908 - 1919


However, by the time these rooms were built, the school was again overflowed by pupils (some classes being
up to 120) and the Board erected the temporary room which now stands separate from the school.
Photo: About 1908-1918
In 1917 the brick infant school was
erected, which consisted of five
rooms, but even this additional
accommodation proved insufficient
and the building known as the tin
shed was built. The present open
air school was erected by the School
Committee as a War Memorial.

Some indication of the enthusiasm of the committees which have served the school from time to time is
illustrated by the fact that over 3,000 was raised between 1908 and 1933. This was spent on asphalt, school
baths, a cricket pitch, central heating and general improvements to the school buildings and grounds. It is of
interest to note that there are four trees planted in the grounds in the memory of Captain Scott.
Nothing by way of a short history of the school would be complete without mention of the ladies of the district
who have given so freely of their time during the past 25 years.
Mr C. R. Jarden, well known as Bert, lived opposite the school and on the day of the opening, stood at the
school gates from six o'clock until seven o'clock so that he would be a first pupil. Other early ones were the
Earl twins, Lester and Arthur.
Lester attended the school for seven years without missing one day, while Arthur attended for five years
without a break.
Another pupil who started his school life at Linwood North School was a Deputy Chief of Staff, Brigadier
Raymond Queeree. Mr Alan Elsom, an old pupil of the school has represented New Zealand several times as
an All Black and the school is very proud of him.

Although there is no date on this photograph, because we know that the first permanently appointed
headmaster was Mr F. T. Evans, from 1908-1919. That he is pictured on the right this means this photograph
dates from this time, but from the condition of the hockey sticks I suggest more toward 1919.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Top and Left: Progress 1st October 1908
Above: Evening Post 4th August 1908
Below: The Star 5th August 1908

1908 - 1919


Mr F. T. Evans - First Headmaster (1908-1919)

Excerpt from the 25th Jubilee Book

It is my pleasure and happy privilege to have the opportunity of sending a message of good will to all old
pupils on this, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the opening of the School.
In every school the work of the teacher, it has been said, is only scaffolding. It is not his prime concern to be a
paragon or to hypnotise his charges into a blind following of his example, but to prepare them for the coming
of the day when he has to stand aside and they have, intellectually and morally to stand or fall on their own
strength. Judging by results, the Linwood School scaffolding of years ago has served its purpose well. In
almost every profession and walk of life are to be found old pupils occupying responsible and honourable
positions in the Church, Law, Education, Music, Press, Commerce, Industry; nor must we forget the great band
of homemakers the mothers of citizens to be. Their success in life is a matter of sincere pride and
gratification to myself personally and to all my old teaching colleagues.
It is pleasing to note that the school still fosters among its pupils a love of games. This has been a feature of the
training from the beginning. Many of the old pupils will remember the keen struggles and competitions, and
through the competitive element both in and out of school may have drawbacks, these contests grow their own
crop of hardy qualitiescourage, self-reliance, respect for ones fellows and the spirit in which to take rebuff
or defeat.
My congratulations go out to all those old pupils who are still taking a very active and distinguished share in
sporting activities in our City. Although comparatively young in years, the School has already established
some fine traditions and continues to enjoy an excellent reputation among the Boards schools. For the
preservation of these traditions, may I impress on the present generation of pupils their responsibilities with a
confident hope that pride of school and loyalty cherished there will always be uppermost in their minds.
In conclusion, I wish the fullest measure of continued success to both the present committee and teaching staff;
to my old teaching colleagues and to members of those committees of early strenuous yearsthe pioneers, I
extend my deep appreciation and warmest feeling, and lastly to my pupils from 1908 to 1919, I proffer the
hope that their lot in t he big school of the world may grow happier and more successful as the years pass, and
that they will be able to say with Henry Newbolt
For though the dust thats part of us
To dust again be gone,
Yet here shall be the heart of us
The School we handed on.
117 Winchester Street, Merivale
August 4th, 1933.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

The following is from a letter to the Linwood North School Principal dated 9 June
1994 from Harold P Smith regarding a newspaper article about Frank T Evans,
Headmaster of Linwood North School 1909 - 1919.
I doubt if there are many of those in charge of North Linwood School who will know that F T Evans was
Headmaster at least between 1908 and 1915 (inclusive) when I was a pupil.
As you will see from the enclosed newspaper cutting he was greatly respected in many ways and was the first
President of the Rugby Referees Assn and recognised as an international referee as early as 1904.
I started at Linwood North on its first day and left in 1915. We small rugby players were very proud to be
trained by one so prominent in rugby circles. He trained us after school in a 3 piece suit and I can still recall his
calling from the lines "send it out" referring to passing the ball to the wing (good advice still in use).
During the last part of the year he took special classes at 8 a.m. for 13 year olds to sit Junior National Scholarship. Reluctantly I was one of those and I recall my father telling the Head of Boys High School that I had won
a Junior National Scholarship.
The fact that I was "drafted" into the "A" forms with others who were similarly fortunate to have received a
scholarship led to my having to work harder than I preferred but had some influence later on my qualifying in
Law at Canterbury College as it was then called. So I have for many years acknowledged with gratitude and
humility (I hope) that it was H T Evans who set standards for me which I could not have sought myself.
I am now 91 and have happy remembrance of Linwood North. I thought you might feel it worthwhile to put
this cutting in your school's archives.
Yours sincerely
Harold Smith (Pupil 1908 - 1915)
P.S. I rather think that Percy Saxby and I got ourselves on your Honours Board.
Harold Smith passed away in 1996.

Mr Frank T. Evans First permanently

appointed Headmaster 19081919.
Frank T. (Dutchy) Evans was the first
president of the Canterbury Rugby Referees
Association and refereed the first home test
played by New Zealand, against the British in

Newspaper Article to the Right:

Evening Post 28 June 1912

1908 - 1919


Recollections by Mr. D. M. Shirlaw M.A.

1909-1931 Excerpt from the 25th Jubilee Book
In many respects, the teacher's life, like that of the policemen in the
'Pirates of Penzance', is not a happy one. Yet the writer is sure that all
teachers who have been members of the Linwood School staff during the
last twenty-five years look back on their work with pleasurable memories.
The first permanent staff consisted of Mr F.T. Evans, Misses Wills and
Inkpen, the writer and two pupil teachers. The conditions were enough to
appal the stoutest hearts; the classes were large (roll numbers of 80 to 90
under one teacher were not uncommon), the accommodation was entirely
inadequate and the grounds were in a very rough state. Yet, under the
guidance and inspiration of Mr Evans, the staff manfully grappled with
their many difficulties and it was not long before the school was
recognised as one of the best in the Canterbury Education Board's district.
The school was indeed fortunate in having as its first headmaster a man of
such outstanding personality and ability as Mr Evans, and the best work
Mr D. M. Shirlaw M.A.
the first School Committee did was their selection of him to control the
Teacher 19091931
destinies of the new school. His sympathy with and invaluable assistance
and encouragement so freely given, to the members of the staff did much to lighten the difficulties of their
work and his confidence and trust deposed in his assistants established that feeling of loyalty to the school so
essential to is successful working.
The rapid increase in numbers brought out the appointment of additional teachers. Among those who joined
the staff and did much to maintain the high standard of the school may be mentioned: Miss Craddock, Miss
Taylor, Miss M. Wauchop and Mr G. N. Ormandy, now Head Master of Linwood Avenue School.
The accommodation did not keep pace with the increase in the roll number, and it was not till 1911 that, as a
result of vigorous and persistent agitation, two rooms were added to the main school. These were at once
overcrowded, but a considerable time elapsed before the detached Infant School was erected. Even then the
accommodation was inadequate, and further additions had to be made to accommodate the Infant Department.
Many of the older scholars will remember the temporary accommodation provided; the large marquee, which
did duty for two winters and the Mission Room opposite the school, the inadequate ventilation of which
rendered it most unsuitable for use as a classroom. Well does the writer remember the removal of the desks
from the room every Friday afternoon, and the carrying of them again on Monday morning.
The resignation of Mr. Evans, on his appointment as Inspector of Schools, was a distinct loss to the school,
which was, however, fortunate in obtaining such a capable successor as Mr. T. Douds, who did much to
maintain the high standard of the school. The fact that the school was chosen as the first practising school
Training Collage students shows how highly it was regarded by the educational authorities.
At the outset of its career the School owed much to the keen interest and enthusiasm displayed by the School
Committee. Long continued and well directed agitation on their part at last secured the much needed additions
to the school. Among the most prominent of the early members may be mentioned Mr. W. H. Denton (the first
Chairman), Mr. R. Carter (whose forcible and often unparliamentarily expression of the needs of the School
earned the admiration of the Boards office staff), and Mr. W. A. Cooke. Another pleasing feature of the early
years of the Schools life was the enthusiasm and interest displayed by the parents, who co-operated so
willingly with the Committee and the staff in making such a success of the fairs and other functions held to
raise funds for the much needed improvements to the grounds.
In sport the pupils of the school have held their own. Among the prominent footballers of the early days were
T. Greg and J. Logie; at a later date A. Steel, A. Stevens, C. Orchard and L. Archbold were instrumental in
winning the Junior Championship Banner. The girls' hockey teams, under the able coaching of Mr Ormandy,
played a prominent part in competitions: among the outstanding players may be mentioned E. and W.
Partridge, L. Johnston and B. Jarden. Mention should also be made of the seven-a-side football team which
won their grade five years in succession (under 10 under 14). The love of sport was fostered by Mr Evans; it
was no uncommon sight to find him after school being initiated by some eager small boys in the mysteries of
kill, then the most popular marble game. In the football season he delighted to coach the younger boys, and
many a time he bore traces of having been collared low by some future All Black.


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In conclusion, it is only fitting that references should be made to the high standard of conduct of the pupils
both in and out of school. The request of the Head Master that they should, when attending outside functions
behave like ladies and gentlemen, always met with a most gratifying response, and on all occasions, when the
School was represented at public functions, the complimentary remarks made by outsiders on the behaviour of
the children was most gratifying to the staff. The twelve years spent by the writer at Linwood School were,
undoubtedly, the most pleasant of his teaching career, and he will always retain most pleasurable memories of
the children, teachers and committeemen with whom he was associated during that period.


The School Gardens have always received the special attention of the staff and pupils. Those who remember
the rough state of the grounds in 1908 will appreciate the truth of this statement. It may be mentioned with
pride that in Mr. Shirlaws time the gardens were considered as good as any school gardens in New Zealand,
and a photograph was published in The School Journal.


The Great War 19171919.
When the school opened in 1908, the classes went up to Year 8. The eldest children would have been aged 13 years.
In 1917 when World War One started
these graduated students would have been
aged 21 and 22 years.
The names of the students, in the photograph below of the Linwood Cadets dated
1913, are not recorded. They look to be
aged 11-13 years. By 1919 the older
children would have been 19 years of age
and may have there names recorded on the
Roll of Honours below.

Linwood 1913 Cadets

The School's part

in the Great War
Roll of Honour

W. A. Foster
A. W. Johnston
A. V. Whitta
L. Smith
G. Bennington
E. S. A. Johnston
J. Homershan
A. Burnett
N. Ashton
J. Taylor
A. Wigg,
H. Nankivell
C. E. Schumacher

H. White
C. Johnston
J. H. Brunt
E. Hardy
J. A. Armitage
J. Wilson
H. R. Matthews
R. Grose
D. Thomas
R. Kennedy
C. Mardon
R. Crofe

A. Kiddey
G. Oldridge
S. Smith
R. Denton
S. R. Stewart
F. Holloway
F. Crothers
R. Walker
D. Thomas
C. Read
A. Hope
J. Morrison

1908 - 1919


Mr. W. H. Denton
Chairman of the First School Committee
Excerpt from the 25th Jubilee Book
The late Mr. W. H. Denton might well be called The Father of the School. At all times during his association
with the School he gave freely of his time and devoted himself to his duties with outstanding enthusiasm. He
maintained the same high standard in the work of the Committee as was and is maintained in the School by the

Mr. W. H. Denton

An Early Photograph of the Staff.

Two top photographs were scanned from the 25th anniversary Book.

Class Photographs From 1918:

Left: Boys Primer 1
Left: Boys Standard 6


Right: Girls Primer 1

Right: Girls Standard 6

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Ethel Flett (nee Essie Summers) - Pupil (1916-1924)

Excerpts from an article, published in the Star newspaper,
written by Essie Summers Flett, for the 50th Jubilee book.
My start was unorthodox to say the least. I began school the
September after the July in which I was four. It would sound good to
be able to say it was fervent desire to be educated that sent me to
school at such a tender age, but honesty compels me to admit it was
just sheer cussedness.
Every time the four-years-my-senior brother went back to school
after the holidays, the family had to put up with a good deal from me.
I finished up this particular morning with a mulish:
"The teacher would let me stay if you would only let me go."
Mother tried another tack. "Well I'm washing and there's baby to be
bathed, and I haven't time to take you."
"I could go myself across the paddocks." (All built on now).
"You couldn't find the infant room and they'll all be in class by now."
"I would soon find it."
"You would be late - it would never do to be late."
"I wouldn't care . Can I go?"
"And there wouldn't be time to change you." I was wearing what was
almost regulation attire for the small girl of that day to play in - a sort
of pinny with sleeves and a long waist, in blue spotted print. Vanity
had a struggle with the desire for my own way, but the latter won. I

said I'd go.

Mother was visited with inspiration. If she sat down and told the teacher in a note, how persistent I was, the
infant mistress would tell me firmly NO and there would be an end to it.
She did and then her maternal pride, getting the better of her, she changed me into a yellow crepe dress
patterned all over with tiny flags of the Allies (this was during World War I) and sent me off.
I had plaits, freckles, boots and hand knitted knee-length socks of war time black wool that invariably took on
a greenish tinge after the first wash and I carried a cracked slate and a stump of slate-pencil.
I fell in love with Miss Wills, that merry-eyed, rosy-faced infant mistress at first sight. (I think it was by no
means reciprocated). But she capitulated. "All right Ethel, take your slate and sit in that empty back seat."
Standard One was a milestone. We left the infant building for a temporary wood and tin shed between that and
the big school. There I was introduced to things sewing, which I have hated fiercely ever since (except for
mending, which quite unaccountably, I adore) and the books of I.M. Montgomery, which I still re-read
whenever inspiration to write is flagging. Miss Dawber chose "Anne of Green Gables" for silent reading and
opened up a new world to me. It was then that I knew the first faint stirring of a desire to write.
In standard Two, Miss Hooper praised an essay of mine, and raised me to seventh heaven. The first step on the
rocky alpine path that leads to journalism. I began to write poetry, hiding it as a guilty secret, under the head of
a couch in my room, where unfeeling brothers and their friends would not sear my soul by reading it aloud.
Standard Three stands out because of Miss Craddock's singing lessons. . . the only ones I ever enjoyed, being
singularly lacking in voice. She chose such marvellous songs, calculated to appeal to children, that I actually
used to produce some sort of noise instead of merely opening and shutting my mouth without letting any sound
come forth.
Standard Four was the one I remember most vividly. The classes were large in those days (but more orderly),
and as Standard Four was regarded as difficult it was divided in two.
Miss Taylor had the reputation of being a martinet. I still don't know if that was deserved or not - I only know
she was never sarcastic, and sarcasm was one thing I dreaded in teachers. I could take any amount of scolding
and punishment, but sarcasm used to flay my spirit. Still does. I have no use for it, a very cheap form of wit.
Well North Linwood School, I shan't be with you (referring to the 50th Jubilee celebrations), though I'd hoped
to be. My husband's itinerary work means that he will be preaching in Bluff that weekend, so I must stay in
Dunedin with the family. But God bless you one and all and for auld lang syne. We were fortunate in having
so many of who it could be said: The best teacher is the one who kindles an inner fire, arouses moral
enthusiasm, inspires the student with a vision of what he may become and reveals the worth and permanency of
moral and spiritual values.







Essie Summers wrote 55 romance novels, selling more than 19 million copies in 105 countries and published in 25
languages. Her novels focused on romance and family life with touches of adventure and humour and her winning formula
earned her the loyalty of millions of readers.
Essie was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, to Edwin and Ethel Summers on July 24, 1912. She died in Taradale,
Hawkes Bay on the August 27, 1998, at the age of 86.


Essie was born a year to the day after her parents left for New Zealand, in Linwood, Christchurch. At four years old, out of
"sheer cussedness", she started at North Linwood Primary School. She survived the 1918 influenza epidemic and at twelve
years left primary school to go to the Christchurch Technical College. At the time New Zealand was entering
the depression and when she left college she got job at the Londontown Drapers instead of pursuing the career in teaching
that she desired.
She met her husband, Bill Flett, when she was 13 but it was another 13 years before she became interested in him
romantically. He eventually proposed by a letter; not recognising the handwriting she flicked to the last page to see who
had written it and spotted his proposal in the final paragraph. A six week courtship by mail ensued until Bill was able to
come to Christchurch and they ratified their engagement beneath the moon at Scarborough. The Second World War broke
out that September and they were married the following May at the Oxford Terrace Baptist Church. Bill and Essie
honeymooned on Banks Peninsula.
Essie and Bill moved to a manse in Ashburton, where their son William was born, then to Wanganui where Elizabeth their
daughter was born. After changing to the Presbyterian ministry they went to Dunedin but Essie found the Dunedin manse
too damp and was afflicted with fibrositis so they moved to Weston, four miles out of Oamaru in North Otago. They spent
many years in Weston before moving north to Rakaia where Essie wrote her first novel. In 1958 they returned to Dunedin
where they bought a house. Essie and Bill eventually retired to Napier in 1976.
Her travels around New Zealand, and later the world, provided Essie with settings and plot ideas and many of her readers
have travelled to New Zealand to see for themselves the places she describes. In the tourist season it was a regular
occurrence that someone would turn up wanting to meet her and this could put great demands on her time. Nevertheless
she loved that her books brought people to her homeland and enjoyed meeting her readers.


Essie knew that she was destined to be a writer when her teacher read Anne of Green Gables to her class. She started
writing verses and short stories when she was eight and never really stopped. She had her first piece accepted when she
was eighteen, a poem titled Gypsy Heart, for which she received eight and sixpence from the Australian Womans Mirror.
After this success she continued to submit poems, short stories and articles to magazines and newspapers with mixed
results, but learning all the while.
After her marriage Essie kept submitting short pieces to various publications both within New Zealand and overseas.
Eventually she became a weekly columnist, under the pen-name Tamsin, for the Timaru Herald. After six years she
became jaded with it and when she admitted this to her husband he encouraged her to start seriously writing a novel. He
reminded her that she had resolved to have a novel published before she was forty five and that that time was drawing
close. New Zealand Inheritance was accepted in 1956 and was published by Mills and Boon in 1957, the day after her forty
fifth birthday.
Essie usually wrote two books a year - her publisher would have taken three but she felt that both her work and marriage
would suffer. She wrote fifty two novels for Mills and Boon until High Country Governess in 1987. Mills and Boon were
beginning to look for steamier stories and Essie had long wanted to write down her familys stories. She also wrote an autobiography: The Essie Summers Story which was published in 1974. She went on to publish four more romances
between 1993 and 1997. Her last book was Design for Life, published by Severn Books.
Essie bought a typewriter after her first poem was accepted but always did much of her work in long-hand. She would jot
down notes and clippings at all times and her children later took great delight in going through her old jumblebooks. She
was also a stickler for accuracy and admitted that she was always offended by a mistake that she once made out of sheer
carelessness. Essie said she found the first 80 pages the hardest, and that they were often the ones that received the most
revision. She worked methodically: setting dates down first, writing the rough and then giving herself a weeks break so
that she could come back to it with a fresh perspective. She would give herself a good three month break between writing
novels which she used for her jottings and note gathering.
She was always very encouraging to new writers and said that just because only three books in a thousand are accepted
new writers shouldn't despair. It took her four years and eight novels until she was really making a living at it - and many
years of writing before that.
Essie believed in romance, but she didn't like mushiness. She used humour to lighten her romances. It was her style to
leave her heroines at the bedroom door: her novels are not as steamy as more modern romances and they tend to be longer
with more characters than is currently the trend. Her heroines usually have careers of some sort, either by choice or
necessity, and the stories often involve adventure. It was this combination of romance, adventure, humour and description
of New Zealands stunning scenery that made Essie Summers the reigning Queen of Romance until her death in 1998.


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The new brick school opened in 1924.

Primer 2 and 3 1920s

Laurie Cox - Pupil (1924 - 1927) Excerpt from the 50th Jubilee Book
On Monday 7 July 1924 my sister Lola Vivienne Cox (later to become a dux of the school in 1931), my brother Maurice Cox and I enrolled at what we later came to know as Linwood North School. In Christchurch there
were no tar sealed streets, only shingle and gravel which were dusty in summer and muddy and pot-holed in
winter. We walked across the two pairs of tram rails along Buckleys Road to Wyon Street and, Dacre Street
not being there then, we cut diagonally across cow paddocks to the corner of Woodham Road and Gloucester
The school uniform consisted of a navy blue gym-slip over a white shirt-blouse and black stockings and a navy
felt hat with monogrammed hatband for the girls. The boys wore grey shorts and jersey with red green and
blue monogrammed navy blue skull-cap and green and black topped socks. Uniforms were worn more in the
breach than the observance. It was depression time with the world glissading downhill towards the 28 October
1929 share market crash, so many children wore hand-me-down to cast-off clothing. Boys often had to make
do wearing their father's old trousers cut off at the knees, patched and re-patched. Even during the frosts and
inclement weather of winter, children walked barefooted and shivering, often breakfastless to school.
"Saveloy soup" which was the water a saveloy had been heated in for their fathers, made a thin breakfast for
some and the saveloy skin itself often became the filling for a sandwich for lunch. Lunchless children hid
behind the school swimming pool because they could not bear to watch others eating, so as far as possible we
shared our sandwiches with them. Mum was amazed at the quantity of sandwiches we persuaded her to make
for us, not realising that we gave most of them away to pitifully hungry less fortunate friends.
Standard 4 was taught by Mary Lane, a charming young teacher. In our estimation Miss Lane was a true sport
willing to give up a Saturday to such activities as walking with a party of us to the lighthouse at Godley Head
in the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. We rode on the electric tram to Sumner and walked up and along the
Scarborough Road around the coast through Taylors Mistake.
Miss Lane and Miss Helen Roscoe (another Standard 4 teacher) were both brilliant teachers. Neither used a
strap. At last I looked forward to going to school and enjoying well-prepared and competently presented
lessons without any fear of retribution for making mistakes. Sadly only a few years later Miss Roscoe died of
cancer. I value her teaching and remember her fondly as a lovely lady to have known and let us have such a
generous share of her gracious manner and knowledge.
In 1926 the school was overcrowded so Standard 5 under George Cotton hived off to the Sunday School
Classroom at the side of St Chads Church on Buckleys Road. Mr Cotton was quietly spoken, imperturbable but
firm, with a puckish sense of humour. Under poor conditions and isolated at St Chads with no teaching aids he
did a sterling job. In 1927 we went back to the main school in Woodham Road for Standard 6, fortunate to be
taught again by George Cotton.
For the 1927 visit of the Duke of York (later King George the Sixth) we were drilled for weeks to put on a
display of physical education by massed Christchurch schools in the Showgrounds.
At the end of 1927 we sat our state Proficiency Examination, the passing of which entitled us to a couple of
years of free high school education. After many years of having been taught by what we were sure were the
best teachers in New Zealand at Linwood School which we were sure was the best primary school in New
Zealand we ended our primary school education well equipped to face the future bright-eyed and confident.

1920 - 1929


Linwood School 1924

Kathleen Fraser (nee Bubbles Shorfe)

Pupil (1928-1935)

Miss Webster was teaching the primers and although perhaps not loved, she was highly respected. During the
earthquake in 1928 we all had to leave the old brick building and stand in the square between that building and
the main building. We used slates and slate pencils, which were very scratchy and we had copy books to learn
to write instead of printing. Nobody left the primers until they had read all the primer books and could print.
We had medical examinations most years and we had to use Mr Rogers' room as we had to strip down to singlets and pants.
Cold or not I spent a lot of time in the old school baths. We had much to thank the Deihl family, Mabel, Bill,
Arthur, Sadie and two older siblings I don't remember. Bill and Arthur unfortunately went down with their ship
on their way home for leave during World War Two. They gave a great deal of time in the summer opening the
baths in the evenings, weekends and during the school holidays.
Funds were raised for the school by concerts held on a regular basis. Mr Ashby (Worcester St) was usually the
Master of Ceremonies and our Mr Findlay gave renditions of "Nymphs and Shepherds" and received a huge
round of applause at every concert. Our parents always took us no matter how many times we probably had the
same artists! Around about 1933 Mr Findlay arranged a big play about English twins in Holland. Sisters Lucille and Kathleen Epps were at that time the only twin girls and so, had the leading roles. We who were in the
chorus had our shoes covered in sacking to make them look like clogs and we wore the usually white hats with
the wings at the side.
We had a school picnic every year. Usually somewhere we could go by tram. There was always a fight for the
upper deck of the tram trailers. My Dad always ran in the races and usually won a prize.
We used to receive Journals every so often and I wish I had saved them. They were always interesting and in
the back they had 2 or 3 songs. We always had one song in Maori and learned the Maori and English versions.
During the Standard 4 year, all the girls made their aprons and caps by hand, ready for cooking class at
Phillipstown School. We used to ride our bikes or go by tram and the boys came and did carpentry. We left the
school with either a proficiency or a competency certificate. I don't remember anyone who left the school


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Mr T. Douds
Headmaster from 19201929

1925 Rugby Team

Standard 6 1920s

Peeking into a classroom

Teachers 1920s

Corridor of the brick school

1920 - 1929


Top: Class Photo in 1924

Bottom: Girls Basket Ball Team 1920s


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Mr. W. Roger

Selva Roberts (nee Jack) - Pupil (1930 - 1935)

I joined the North Linwood Primer 4 class taught by Miss Brooklands for the last term of 1930. I think the
teacher may have had a few Standard 1 children. I was assessed as I had come from Phillipstown, which had 7
primers. I was in Miss Raven's class for Standard 2, Miss Jones for Standards 3, 4 and 5 and Mr G Cotton for
Standard 6 in 1935. Mr Rogers was our headmaster and the boys used to call him "Pussy Foot" as he wore
rubber-soled shoes. As there was only one piano for all the standard classes, Miss Jones' naughty boys would
hide her strap along the keys and then offer to push the piano to another class, but they were always found out!
A big School Pantomime was held in the Choral Hall in Latimer Square next door to the Y.W.C.A. I was an elf
and had beautiful gold gauze wings with coloured spots. Mother had made my outfit having dyed cheap fabric
in coffee. Dad had to take me up for the concert on the bars of his bike. We lost the wings on the way home on
the last night and I cried because they were so beautiful, even though I was only part of the chorus.
I lived in Westenra St, which is now Ngarimu. The school pool was next door to a dairy from where we
purchased our fresh milk each day. The pool was filled with artesian water. It was so cold, that once when my
brother Rodger Jack swam a mile, dad has to bring him home and put him to bed with hot water bottles and hot
milk and ginger to drink.
There was a dental nurse in the little white building down near the pool. The children were given seeds and
many school gardens were started.

School Patrol.
The bell has rung and it is
time to go home.
Crossing Woodham Road.

1930 - 1939


Miss M. Wills - First Infant Mistress

Excerpt from the 25th Jubilee Book
On this twenty-fifth anniversary of the North Linwood School, I desire to
send a greeting to all pupils, past and present, and to wish them "Many
happy returns of the day." May they treasure the memories of their
school, with its happy days of work and play, and try to live up to its traditions. Honest endeavour to build well, both in work and character, was
the aim of the staff from the foundation of the School. I can wish the pupils no better wish than they may love work for its own sake. Work hard
and play hard - in the latter especially, specialising in some hobby that
life up to the end may be full and happy.

Miss M. Wills First Infant

Mistress 19091927

Shirley Kemp (nee Faulkner) - Pupil (1930-1937)

It was in the year 1930 I started my schooling in primer one with teacher Crabby Webster. At that time she
really scared me but, I realised many years later she gave me a good grounding.
The next few classes I dont recall but, clearly remember standard three. Mrs Brooklands, a motherly type
teacher, followed by standard four, Miss Jones, another strict no nonsense type. I remember she let me go
home ten minutes early one day because I was the only one in the class to get a mental arithmetic correct.
Standard five and six were taught by Donald McDonald. I enjoyed my days at Linwood North, there was no
bullying, pupils were friendly, polite and obedient.
I lived in Worcester Street next door to Pussyfoot Rogers our Headmaster. He was given that nic-name
because he wore soft soled shoes and often appeared un-expectantly.
One thing I never forgot, several boys, after school, stole walnuts from a tree fence line on a property in
Avonside Drive. Apparently the owner reported this to the school and as I had eaten some of the bounty I
was called into Mr Rogers office. After saying I didnt do the stealing, I was told that receiving was as bad as
stealing. I never forgot what he said. How times have changed.

Standard 3 1935. Shirley Faulkner is in the

middle on the second row up.


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1930 Linwood Rugby Team

Leighton Butler - Pupil (19241932)

I started school when I was 5 years old and remember being taken the first few weeks by a lady friend of my
parents and from there on from Prima 1 walked to school with other children around the Avonside area.
I still have fond memories of my journey through the primers, and being taught in the higher classes from
standard 1, and of the teachers who taught me in class and on the sport and exercise ground that was located at
the rear of the school building which doubled for cricket and sports days. The open pool was at the end of the
I cant recall all the teachers, but do fondly remember Mr Douds the Headmaster, Mr Lion and Mr Cotton.
There was a change in Headmaster when Mr Rogers started when I was in, about, standard 5 and every
Monday before class we had to sing the national anthem under the flag pole at the front of the building. Where
have all my school friends gone? Although a few will turn out for our school anniversary. Then when having
passed Proficiency it was off to Tech Collage for 2 years and then into the workforce, which seems a long time
ago now.
I am at the Big 90 about and still have pretty good health and by the way my elder brother went to Linwood
North School as well but time has caught up for him. May the school continue for many years to come.
God Bless.

Primer 1 1924
Leighton Butler
Bottom Rowfourth
from the left

1930 - 1939


Newspaper Clippings
from Linwood North
Schools 25th Jubilee
August 1933


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Christchurch Press newspaper

4th August 1933

The twenty-fifth anniversary of
the opening of the North Linwood
School, which received its first
pupils on August 3, 1908, was celebrated yesterday when a Kowhai
tree was planted in the school
grounds in Woodham road by Mr F.
T. Evans, first permanent headmaster. The function was attended
by members of the present and past
school committees, former members
of the staff and old boys, and the
children of the school. Mr C. R. N.
Mackie, chairman of the present
school committee, presided.
This is a very memorable occasion, said Mr Mackie. The school
is to-day a quarter of a century
old. You boys and girls who are
going to be men and women in the
days when we are gone are now
being trained for the life before you
as once your parents were trained
here. Looking at the school to-day
one thinks of all the boys and girls
who have been through it. I want
you to remember that though you may
find your lessons difficult you
are doing something besides merely
learning themyou are acquiring
something in your hearts and minds
which will mean everything to you
in later life. Remember, too, that
this great country of ours is what
it is because the pioneers were
trained in schools similar to this.
Mr F. T. Evans remarked that 25
years ago the school had consisted
of only three rooms in the middle
of a paddock. There had been no
grass or asphalt, but only a great
deal of mud and water. But we
decided that our school must have
an environment suitable for our
children, he said. We set to work,
and with the aid of the parents collected more than 1000 during the years
for the improvement of the grounds. To
-day, as a result, you boys and girls
are attending one of the best schools
in the North Can-terbury district.



The whole school exercising in the 1930s.

Linwood North Festival Choir 1939

North Linwood 1936 P1

North Linwood P4 1937

Linwood North Bantam B 1937


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Excerpt from the 50th Jubilee Booklet 1958
During the various functions of this jubilee your thoughts
will probably go back to your school days, recalling
memories of friendships formed, of triumphs and
perhaps of trials.
To many of you there is one name that will stand
foremostthat of F. T. Evans, the first headmaster, a
man beloved and respected by all privileged to have
known him. Under his sympathetic guidance traditions
were formed of pride in the school, sportsmanship and
good behaviour. These have been worthily guarded by
later generations.
Methods have, of course, changed and are still changing; but the ultimate aim has always been the same, that
the child should always become a useful citizen able successfully to control his own destiny and capable of
assisting in the control of the community. The prominent positions attained by large numbers of ex-pupils in
all walks of life must be gratifying to all concerned in the school welfare.
My term as headmaster was a very happy one. I had an excellent Staff of earnest teachers keenly interested in
the welfare of the children. To the parents I should like to express my sincere appreciation for the manner in
which they gave their support to all school activities.
Finally, to all ex-pupils : May your garden of memories always bloom brightly.

Primer 4 1940s

Standard 3 (Girls) 1949

Excerpt from the 50th Jubilee Book 1958
Pupils and Teachers of former years may well be
proud of the foundations laid at Linwood North
School. Many changes have taken place in education,
none more apparent than those in infant classes where
a new approach to the child has made learning more
free and happy. Nevertheless, the basis upon which
the school builds is still the home, and upon these two
depends the welfare of the nation. May these always
in the future, as in the past, combine to provide
security for the child and stability in the national life.

1940 - 1949



FROM 1930
The school was originally known as North Linwood, not Linwood North. It was changed to come into line
with Linwood Avenue, I think.
The section on which the Hall now stands was stabling for a coal merchants horses (Pearsons or Johnsons)
I seem to remember and on my way to school along Worcester Street a procession of several draught horses
and drays would be heading for loading at the coal storage yards, and thence to delivery to residential houses
and businesses. Coal was the main source for home heating and cooking on coal ranges. The Linwood
Intermediate School now stands on what was the Christchurch City Council paddocks where their workhorses
grazed when not working. The Council yard was on the Northern end of the grazing and where the carts were
stored whilst the horses grazed. A Council man would collect his horse and dray and set off for his appointed
area of work returning when knock-off time came.
On the McLean Street side of these paddocks pupils from North Linwood and Linwood Avenue schools
developed a dirt track (circular) for racing our bikes (those of us lucky enough to have one, that is) and
competitive races were held between the schools. And we learned to smoke cigarettes. Crashes often caused
damage so we also learned cycle repairs, not always successful but our parents couldnt afford to pay for
repairs so we fixed them or went back to walking our usual method of transport.
The Western side of the Council paddocks were sand hills and, as has been done I suppose since boys were
boys, we started tunnelling into them and, of course, the obvious happened. A heavy draught horse (they were
free to roam all over the paddocks) walked over a tunnel that collapsed under the horses weight, fortunately
without one of us being in the tunnel at the time and without a lot of harm to the horse either. Eventually, as
happens with kids, disputes arose and a war developed between the schools which, I think, was the reason the
Council paddocks were placed out of bounds to us all.
The Woodham Road frontage to the school was fenced with a laurel (I think) hedge from which we gathered
leaves to feed silkworms that we tended as part of our Nature Studies.
The old brick building (now demolished) beside the Western boundary, had one of the first school Dental
Clinics a room on the Woodham Road end which when a new purpose-built Clinic was built just inside the
right-of-way from what was Westenra Street but is now Ngarimu Street, the original clinic became redundant
and filled with junk until when I was on the School Committee we erected shelving and hey presto we had a
The vacant section between the new clinic and Westenra Street was the school garden and when we reached
standards 5 and 6 (I think) we were each allocated a plot for growing vegetables, an on one afternoon a week,
time out of the classroom to tend them. There was always a rush for the tool shed to claim whatever you wanted spade, hoe, rake or whatever. The bigger boys usually got what they wanted. Our gardens were judged by
one of the male teachers and we were allowed to harvest our own vegies to take home. The idea was to teach
us the value of growing our own vegies etc. and for over 70 years I have done so would still be but after major open heart surgery and now living in a town house with limited garden area, make do with a few tomatoes,
runner beans and the like in small quantities. This old brick building was heated from a coke furnace heating
hot water radiators through the building, lit by the caretaker and stoked up now and again by selected big
boys. The furnace was in a concrete pit, and to stoke it you had to go down in the pit to feed coke in.
The old rooms were poorly lit and ventilated but in about 1934-5 fully glazed sliding folding doors were added
to rooms to enable the whole side to be opened up and in the winter the light was greatly improved. I also
remember when the School Committee I was part of, sent a couple of classes home until lighting was
improved on the Woodham Road side of the main building. This resulted in headlines in the papers and brand
new fluorescent lighting in the dinghy classrooms those it was not possible to open up with fully glazed
The swimming pool was on the rear boundary, furthest from Woodham Road. It was a 25-yard long pool with
a springboard and a diving tower. We had swimming periods many of us learned to swim and joined the
Swimming Club taking part in inter-club competitions and some of us in the Canterbury Championships.
During the later war years many of the boys were in the services and the Swimming Club lapsed and the
buildings, dressing sheds, etc., fell into disrepair and the Swimming Club not being active went from bad to
worse. By this time, although still living in the district on the other side of Linwood Avenue I had lost contact
with the school area until my two boys began school, North Linwood of course, and I think it was the Linwood
Businesses Association called a meeting to reform the Swimming Club and I became involved again. Most of
the old club members had moved from the district and a big State Housing settlement had changed the


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Character of the district. Some of the members never returned from the war, notably Bill and Art Diehl. Both
were A.B.s in the navy. W.D. (Bill) Diehl was killed on H.M.S. Phoebe when she was torpedoed on 27 th
August 1941 while escorting destroyers and minesweepers carrying troops to relieve an Australian brigade at
Tobruk. A. E. (Art) was lost with many other New Zealanders when H.M.S. Neptune was sunk in a minefield
on 17 December 1941 in the Mediterranean. The whole Diehl family were members of the old club but only
Mable Garlick who lived in their old family home became involved again at the Swimming Clubs
rejuvenation. The pool, of course, was Education Board property and our new committee, or at least some of
us, did a deal with the Board they would provide material and we would provide volunteer labour. There
were a few pupils still about the district and we rounded up some willing to help and rebuilt the dressing sheds
and a full-length grandstand, repaired cracked and damaged concrete, tidied up, painted, cleaned and
eventually got the place ship shape again. But my job required frequent absences from Christchurch and I had
to resign and again lost track of the club.
I started in Primer 1 under Miss Webster, the infant mistress, a very severe lady who was always very heavily
made up with thick powder and bright lipstick and was the first woman to break my heart. She had obtained
some little wooden whistles produced as an advertising gimmick by the Nugget Shoe Company in Ferry Road.
She offered them to the best and most well behaved pupils in P.1 as prizes. Primers were finished and let out
before the main school each day and we were supposed to leave and go home quietly. We could safely walk
home alone in those days. At the end of the weeks test I qualified as the winner and went off with my whistle
but hardly got out of the door when the temptation to blow overcame me and away I went whistling loudly. I
didnt get far when Miss Webster chased me and confiscated my whistle for disturbing the classes around the
quadrangle. I was really upset but it was a salutary lesson that now over 70 years later I still vividly remember.
I went through all the classes until Standard 6 leaving for high school in 1938. I continued my association,
however, as a member of the Swimming Club, helping with the cleaning periodically. There was a small inlet
for water flowing in continually and drains at surface level to prevent overflow but the incoming water was far
too little to prevent the water becoming dirty and moss growing on the interior walls. It did circulate, but far
too slowly to purify the water and we had to add bluestone and chloride until the baths had to be emptied by
pulling the plug and letting the water run in drains to the Avon.
There were birch trees along the Western St. right of way and the roots of these trees eventually blocked the
drains in their search for water and had to be opened up and cleaned. I think the Education Board paid for this.
I lost touch again when I joined the Navy and went to the War and it wasnt until I had a wife and two sons
that I became involved again. I had several years on the School Committee and my wife had several years on
the PTA. They were really great years with staff and PTA running hilarious evenings and may more parents all
joined in such things as Beetle(?) Evenings, Musical Evenings, and for a while we had a housie licence and ran
games weekly. Funds raised at these functions were PTA funds and at the end of each year they would hand
over amounts to the Committee for specific purposes like the purchase of electric coppers to boil up water
during the winter terms for PTA mothers to provide and serve cocoa to the whole school. Purchase of such
items as jungle gyms for which I landed in trouble by arranging several loads of wood chips and shavings,
etc. to be spread beneath the apparatus to cushion any falls, which it did of course, but which the kids soon
found to be great stuff for stuffing down friends clothing and romping in, etc. Naturally of course they went
home covered in shavings and mothers were not appreciative.
During the Centennial Games in 1950 overseas rowers were billeted in the school classrooms as the Kerrs
Reach rowing course had just been established for the Games and the school was the closest convenient place
for the rowers.
Before the school had an assembly hall two of the larger rooms were used for social functions, picture shows
or concerts, etc. The division between the two rooms were hinged folding blackboards which concertinaed
back to the side walls, desks, etc. being stowed in the corridors. When the classrooms were opened up to the
outside, school assemblies were held in the quadrangle and speakers were accommodated on the veranda. Prior
to this we had assemblies on the Woodham Road frontage, where the school flagpole was. At assembly we had
Raise the Flag or Salute the Flag ceremonies where the whole school did just that, and the Head would
make any announcements.
During my time the Head was Wm Roger who lived in Worcester Street just opposite where Wyon Street
meets Worcester Street. I later had a happy association as a Committee member with Jack Stevens, the Head
whilst I was a committeeman.
The school was in a way the pioneer of the game of softball, by virtue of the fact that we had an exchange
teacher from Canada, Mr Chaffe, who introduced us to the game during the late thirties when the closest NZ
had was rounders as played by the girls. He had brought with him from Canada the equipment and knowledge
and enthusiasm for the game which he engendered in us all and it took off.

1940 - 1949


The school was in a way the pioneer of the game of softball, by virtue of the fact that we had an exchange
teacher from Canada, Mr Chaffe, who introduced us to the game during the late thirties when the closest NZ
had was rounders as played by the girls. He had brought with him from Canada the equipment and knowledge
and enthusiasm for the game which he engendered in us all and it took off.
The school always had a good sporting reputation, we were well to the fore in all sports, both boys and girls,
and our academic record enabled many pupils to reach the top echelons of commerce and industry.
There are so many happy memories and a few sad ones. One sad one was the death of a school friend from
illness. Cliff Lennie lived in Worcester Street, just a few down from Pussyfoot Rodgers (the Head) and the
whole school lined the sides of Worcester Street as his funeral cortege passed on its way to the cemetery.
I remember one Arbour day, we who had bikes, went somewhere down Brighton way to plant trees, and rode
by the golf course. It was Winter time and hollows in the course were full of water which had frozen layers of
ice on them. What great sport we thought it was to ride our bikes through these ice sheets but what damage
our tyres did to the greens soft from rain. I dont know the outcome but I still remember the fear engendered in
us at the cost of reparation our parents would have to find.
I also remember during the Depression of the 30s taking a cart my father had made and walking to the school
with mum to collect our ration of Relief foodstuffs from the school which was the emergency depot. During
the Depression school picnics were about the only outing we got, often somewhere like Riccarton Racecourse
as it was served by the trams and the tram terminus was at the Dallington bridge, an easy way to transport a lot
of school kids.
Memories of Kick the Tin and Bar the Door, Cricket which was never short of batsmen or bowlers but not
so keen on fielding, although if you fielded the ball you got to bowl it or get a good bowler to bowl it for you
on the understanding that if he got a wicket it was yours and you got to bat.
Catching crawlies (freshwater crayfish) in the Avon, building canoes of a sort for messing about, not
really canoeing, in the Avon, falling in and having to trek home in wet clothes. Playing tennis at the North
Linwood Tennis Courts along Woodham Road the pavilion of, together with St Chads Sunday School, and
re-locatable rooms in the school yard were used for teaching during the period when, temporarily, the largest
in the South Island and second or third largest in New Zealand.
The feather duster with which Dental Nurse Hughes used to intimidate us in the Murder House, as the
Dental Clinic was always known, and the number of kids in trouble for hiding in the school shed built for the
nurses car when sent from class to the clinic.
The pleasures we got from attending school reunions, meeting old friends not seen since leaving school, the
changes in appearance and the names of those who have passed on. Bromley Park where we played rugby.
Teachers we had and in later years grateful for the knowledge and wisdom they imparted in us although at the
time I am sure we were not.
Ray Sparrow


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

ABOVE: This photograph was taken in the 1940s.

It must have been a before shot as all three are smiling.

In 1937 the milk in schools scheme was introduced and

it was not until 1966 that the various Education Boards
voted to abolish the scheme.

1940 - 1949



Excerpt from the 75th Jubilee Booklet 1983
The P.T.A. was originally formed at a meeting held in the school on May 27th, 1940. Mr H. Robertson,
Chairman of the School Committee, was the chair.
It was decided that a P.T.A. be formed and Mrs. R. Cairney was elected President and Mrs. Lawson SecretaryTreasurer, with twelve members of a committee. The first meeting was held on June 6th, 1940. the association
progressed successfully, holding many social activities, for several years until it was temporarily disbanded in
1943 on account of lack of support.
In 1944, at a special meeting, presided over by Mr. Poole, Mr. F. J. Mottram moved that a P.T.A. be revived. A
new committee was formed and a Rev. H. J. Crawford was elected President, a constitution was adopted and
the Association made steady progress although attendances were disappointing during the war years.
Attendances improved in 1946 and a programme of lectures and social activities was carried out. During July
1948 an attendance of 250 was recorded at a social evening where presentations were made to leaving
teachers. The attendance was good that year and the funds increased to 34 pounds. A donation of 25 pounds
was made to the school for sports equipment.
In 1949, amenities for supper and social functions were provided and during the year, the Linwood North
P.T.A. joined the federation of P.T.A.s and a full programme of varied social activities was successfully
Between 1950 and 1954, a donation was made to the St. John Ambulance Association towards provision of a
radio telephone. Lectures on sex education and other topics were given, educational films were shown and a
close relationship was built up between the parents and the teachers.
The P.T.A. instituted a scheme for serving hot cocoa to the children in 1955 and the number served per day
rose from 330 in May to 510 in September. An electric copper and urn was bought from the proceeds of the
scheme, and 40 pounds was spent n playground equipment, 5 pounds was given to the Linwood North School
Swimming Club, 25 pounds to the school for books and 10 pounds was spent on ice-cream for the children.
Another copper was bought in 1956 as well as some other equipment, and during the winter months
approximately 3250 cups of cocoa per week were served by the ladies of the P.T.A. who generously gave their
time for this worthwhile scheme.
An Aldis film strip projector was bought for the school, another 10 pounds was spent on the infant block
equipment, 10 pounds was donated to the Linwood Swimming club, 40 pounds towards an
intercommunication system and several smaller items made an impressive total for the year.
The foregoing account may help to give those interested in the progress of the school, an idea of the work of
this association, and of the part played in creating a closer relationship with the teaching staff for the benefit of
the pupils.


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Sherran Tritt (nee Marsden) - Pupil (1956 - 1961)
Although I turned 5 in November 1955, I was to wait till the new school year, February 1956, to commence
my education at Linwood North School. The Headmaster was Mr Stevens and the Infant Mistress was Miss
Baxter. Mr McIntosh and Mrs Dobbins were the two teachers whose classes I enjoyed the most. The year I
started there were a lot of changes as Linwood Intermediate was built, so we lost Stds 5 & 6, now known as
years 7 & 8.
I remember the swimming pool and Dental Clinic down the back-fields. The Ngarimu Street entrance was used
frequently when they were situated there. My first visit to the Dental Nurse was unforgettable because I didn't
co-operate to open my mouth - so she screwed my ear around!
I enjoyed being a choir member for 2 years. We would perform along with other schools at the Civic Theatre
on Manchester Street, in front of our family, friends and the public.
It was a big thing when our teacher told us we could down our pencil and use a pen. The nib pens were fine but
gosh I could never keep my ink-well clean and tidy.
In the winter time I remember our mothers working on a roster system to make hot cocoa for us each morning.
There was a trolley with mugs of all shapes and sizes on it. We had brought the mugs from home and they
were named so we'd have the same one each day. I really struggled to drink it some days as it was so strong!
Then in the summertime we were given a 1/4 pint of milk each morning and sometimes that was warm and so
cream would form on the top of the milk
In my last year I took on various school tasks/duties, e.g. road patrol, librarian, bell monitor, dishes in the
staffroom (no dishwashers then, but the teachers would leave us a biscuit each!). I was privileged to be a
school Prefect and took pride in representing Linwood North School. I made some friends in the class for the
deaf that was at our school which was a great experience for me. I remember them arriving each morning in
taxis. My time at Linwood North was very pleasant.
I returned to the school in October 1991 as a parent, with my youngest daughter Melanie-Jean. She was a new
entrant and went into Mrs Lynne Duffin's class. Mrs Joy M cCormack was in charge of the junior school as well
as being Deputy Principal and Mr Shead was the Principal. With some encouragement from Mrs Duffin to get
more involved in the school activities, in 1992 my name was put forward for the Board of Trustees for a three
year term.
I have had a lot to learn about "Tomorrow's School", but it has been a great way to follow my daughter's
education and to have a say and also build up my confidence along the way. In 1993 along with another board
member, Yvonne Taylor-Crook a meeting was called to form a Parent Teachers Association for the school
again. These ladies got together once a month to organise some great fundraising activities. Some of these
were, selling pies and sweets, running Discos, sausage sizzles, raffles etc. The school, teachers and pupils benefited from the things that were bought with this money; e.g. sports equipment, uniforms, listening posts, printers etc. These ladies past and present have had some good times being involved, with new friendships being
formed. A big thank you goes out to them.
In 1995 I was nominated again and was re-elected chairperson of the new Board of Trustees.
We have had many achievements as a Board under the
professional guidance of Mr Basil Shead our principal, but I have to say my biggest "buzz" is our new stand alone
library which was completed in my time as chairperson and, it is
debt free! The board had a few disappointments along the way
but with community support and sheer determination and a generous donation from a past pupil, Sir Robertson Stewart and Lady Adrienne Stewart, we have a great asset, The library was
named the "Stewart Library".
Sherran Tritts recollections continue on page 61
The New Millennium

1950 - 1959


Pam Rowse (nee Sheffield) - Pupil (1955 - 1961)

A Perfection Ice Cream truck overturned on the corner of Worcester Street and Woodham Road, outside
Child's Four Square store. All the school heard the noise including the children from Van Asch College,
(I think this was one of the first attempts at mainstreaming). Well the truck driver had a problem, he had a
truck load of ice cream and the refrigeration had just gone off. Mr Stevens, principal of the school, had heaps
of pupils only too willing to help the man out of his dilemma. The result, a lot of very happy school kids and
one empty truck of ice cream. We did well, this was not a teeny weeny truck, but was one of the big daddies
and we emptied the lot. Didn't need much for tea that night.
I remember my Std 3 teacher, a lady by the name of Miss Newsome who had a real fetish for the English
language and I remember a time when I asked her so foolishly "Can I go to the toilet", her reply was "You can
but you may not". Her expectation was that I would again ask using the correct English - not on your life - I
just crossed legs, went crossed eyed until break. But believe me I have never forgotten from that day to this
when to use the words "can" and "may". We thought at the time that she was a bit over the top with all the
"English correctness" but I have never stopped thanking her for her most fastidious grounding in the language.
I think today's schools could do with a few more "Miss Newsomes".
I remember our Std 4 prize giving. This I think must have been in 1961 and we had a special guest, Mr
Hickling, the Principal of Linwood High School to address us. Well, he spent 90% of the time talking to what
he must have thought were 6th Formers back at his old High School. But even the brightest among us (and I
was definitely not one of those) could not, try as we may, understand a word he was saying until (or so we
thought) he used the word "elucidate" and we all thought he said "hallucinate" and we did what any self
respecting 10/11 year old would do and started giggling profusely, much to the embarrassment of Mr Stevens
and his staff. It wasn't until a few years down the track when I discovered the meaning of the word elucidate,
that I saw the irony of the situation. May I please add that I still look at North Linwood School as I drive by
and say yes, they were really good days.


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Golden Jubilee 1958

Excerpt from the 75th Jubilee Book

A committee set up in 1956 to organise the celebrating of the Linwood North School Golden Jubilee under the
chairmanship of Mr A. H. P. Macintosh was fully representative of the various sections of the school. Those
taking responsibility for the success were: Mesdames H.E. Wright, L. J. Williams, N. Rogers, M. Garlick, B.
C. Jones, Misses P. McLaren, A. L. Dacre. Messrs H. Coulter, M. Mardon, H. Knott, C. Mardon, G. S. Dawson, A. Burgess, D. Fraser, H. E. Wright and D. H. Hensley.
Over 70 of the 200 'First Day Pupils' attended for the weekend's celebrations which were officially opened by
the then Minister of Education, Mr G. Skoglund. A total of over 1000 were attracted to the school and saw a
vast change in the growth of both buildings and school roll. From a three-roomed building and a roll of about
200 to a twenty-three roomed complex and a roll of over 1000, plus the extensive sports field areas came as a
surprise to many. A long queue formed in the afternoon of those who wanted last minute registrations and it
was late into the afternoon when all had been catered for.
In the afternoon a first day pupil Mr C. R. Jarden rang the school bell to muster the crowd for the opening
ceremony. He said he was determined to be the first pupil and waited at the gates for two hours on opening day
in 1908.
Group photographs were taken and old photographs intently scrutinised and judging by the 'Oohs and Ahs' that
came forth it was obvious that 'nobody will ever believe that THAT was me'.
The first major function was the Jubilee Banquet held in the tea kiosk at the Addington Trotting grounds at
which 750 attended. The Minister complimented the school on its clean and tidy appearance. He drew attention
to the fact that the original three rooms catered for anything from 80 to 100 children in each.
There were two Jubilee cakes made and they were beautiful. However, one was a "falsie". It was realised that
to cut the cake and then have to slice it into over 750 portions would be almost an impossible task at the
Banquet so we had a wooden one made, an exact replica in every detail. A slot was left for the knife to slide in
and it was then whisked out to the kitchens for 'cutting'.
As it went through one set of doors the waitresses were coming through the other doors with the real cake. The
diners were amazed at the speed with which they were served.
All ex-pupils signed a Jubilee Book given by Mr E. Earl and old boy of the school. On the Sunday afternoon
over 500 attended the Avonside Trinity Church, the Minister of which was another ex-pupil, Archdeacon
T. Williams. Everybody gathered in Linwood Avenue and marched in 'style' to the church.
On the Monday evening, the Jubilee Ball was held and over 700 attended.
Was it all worth it - you bet. To see the renewal of friendships and the making of new friends made the
atmosphere during the weekend something to experience. The hard work put in by the late Major Harry Wright
and his good lady paid off and the success of the weekend was their success. It was a great Jubilee for a great
school and the pleasure of those attending could be summed up by a parting comments - "When's the next one
see you there" - and I guarantee they will be there at the 75th.
D. H. Hemsley, Chairman, School Committee 1958

1950 - 1959


Aerial view 1951 Rowers

competing in the Centennial
Games, at Kerrs Reach,
camping out on the Linwood
North School field.
Photo from G. Caldwell

Traffic Patrol 1955

S3 (Miss B) 1955

END OF AN ERA 1954 1955 (From the 50th Jubilee Book)

One of the main happenings to the school was when the Linwood Intermediate School opened in 1955. To
remember the occasion, two class photographs are shown below:
The first is a Form II Girls Class in 1955. this was the final Form II for girls at Linwood North School.
The second is of a combined Boys Form 1 & II in 1954. (This photo was likely to have been destroyed in one
of the fires and is missing from the school achieves). There were about 12-15 Form 1 pupils, the rest Form II.
The school roll during the years 19451955 was 1130 on average and when the Intermediate School opened,
the roll dropped considerably after 3 years.


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Margaret Ann Langdale-Hunt (nee Rogers) Pupil 1952 to 1957)

School was very important to me and consequently I can remember being quite a diligent student. I cannot
remember all my teachers names but there are certainly memories that stand out.
Such as insisting I go to school because there was an important test on. Only to have the teacher put my desk
and chair in the old cloakroom allowing me to sit the test then sending me back home on my bike again. My
Mother must have despaired and wondered what the Teacher thought of her sending a sick child to school I
had the Chicken Pox.
Riding my bike to school, that was interesting too. My Mother showed me the way when I started school at 5
years of age then it was up to me. I might add on this excursion I managed to knock her and my little sister
Patricia off their bike but that didnt deter my Mother from sending me off to school the next day. Travelled
about 3 miles in those days and to a little 5year old the traffic seemed horrendous. Obviously I improved over
the years culminating in being one of the students given the new responsibility of being a Road Patrol monitor. I thought of this as quite a responsibility bestowed on me. The Road signs were heavy so took a bit of skill
to manoeuvre them from Dont Cross to Cross Now position. We stood out by the distinctive cloaks we
adorned during our patrol.
I can remember the weekly spelling tests and one particular teacher gave us an on the spot test of all the
streets that bordered the school. I spelt Ngarimu Street wrong. I along with other students were sent out to the
road to find the correct spelling. It was a lesson well learnt and from that day on I have always taken note of
the correct spelling of streets and being more aware of my surroundings.
The lining up in classes on the asphalt to hear the Principal (Mr Mottram and then Mr Stevens) address us, the
raising of the New Zealand Flag and then the music (March tune of the era) that came over the loud speaker
system so that we all systematically marched back to our classrooms. There was no disorderly behaviour and
we all treated our teachers with respect. I knew in my heart that if I had misbehaved at school and was
reprimanded then I was well aware my Father would also punish me and would have taken privileges away so
good behaviour seemed to be the norm. In fact I dont think I would be wrong in assuming that all students felt
that the Headmaster and Teachers were held in such high esteem that we wouldnt dare to answer them in a
derogatory manner.
One end of year when helping a teacher, Mrs Melhuish, with classroom clean up I was given a gift. This gift I
treasured for many years and wouldnt use it as I had never had such a feminine gift before. Mrs Melhuish
gave me highly perfumed soap wrapped in a lovely embroidered hanky. Mrs Melhuish wouldnt have realised
what a treat and pleasure she had given to a young8/9year old girl. (I remember her as Mrs Melhuish so I
hope I have the correct name.)
The winter cups of cocoa I think only started when I was in Standard 3. The parent helpers that came in to
make sure every student had a hot drink. We all looked forward to this distraction from lessons. The bottles of
milk with the cardboard tops used again for making pompoms.
Reaching the age with the necessary printing/writing skills when we were given permission to use a Fountain
Pen and fill it up from the ink well situated on the upper right hand corner of our desk. Of course if you had a
pen you required the blotting paper- long been forgotten by our modern students.
The fear of the dental nurse Mrs Cassidy. The red cardigan and the white uniform & headgear. The nervous
tension that arose if you saw her coming towards your class. Prior to me starting school I had an appointment
with the dental nurse that I remember to this day. The swimming school sports were on so my Mother left me
with the dental nurse and went to watch my brother Duncan Rogers and my elder sister Janet Rogers at the
sports. I have been told that my screams could be heard
above the clapping and the cheering of the spectators that
The swimming pool, being concrete and so dreadfully
chillingly cold as it had no heating, seemed big and
dangerous to me. I had a fear and respect of the large
swimming pool and remember having to find the courage
to push my self to enter the pool. However, I diligently
achieved my Starfish status working up to the 25 yard
swim, but was never a competent swimmer like my elder
sister who went on to receive many ribbons by swimming
at Canterbury Champs.

1950 - 1959


The fear of the dental nurse Mrs Cassidy. The red cardigan and the white uniform & headgear. The nervous
tension that arose if you saw her coming towards your class. Prior to me starting school I had an appointment
with the dental nurse that I remember to this day. The swimming school sports were on so my Mother left me
with the dental nurse and went to watch my brother Duncan Rogers and my elder sister Janet Rogers at the
sports. I have been told that my screams could be heard above the clapping and the cheering of the spectators
that day.
The swimming pool, being concrete and so dreadfully chillingly cold as it had no heating, seemed big and
dangerous to me. I had a fear and respect of the large swimming pool and remember having to find the courage
to push my self to enter the pool. However, I diligently achieved my Starfish status working up to the 25 yard
swim. But was never a competent swimmer like my elder sister who went on to receive many ribbons by
swimming at Canterbury Champs.
My memories would not be complete without recalling my year with Mr Miller. This was something really
special as Mr Miller took his Standard 4 class on an overnight trip to Wellington. This was such a highlight
and life learning experience. Looking back Mr Miller must have been an inspiration to the teaching fraternity.
It would have been a mammoth task to organise approx. 30 students and put together a program that was
acceptable to the Principal as there was no such thing as Boards of Trustees in those days. Outdoor Education
in its earliest form and we learnt much from the trip.
We stayed over night on the
Maori leaving Lyttelton approx
6pm arriving in Wellington the
next morning. That in it self was
an experience the noise of the
engines, the groans and creaking
noises of the ship, the different
smells and sleeping in bunks in a
small cabin. Just being away from
home was an adventure. The day
in Wellington with its hills and
different architecture was organised with a visit to Parliament, the
Wellington Zoo, the Museum, the
Cable-car and then back to the
ship for an overnight trip back to
Lyttelton. Great trip. Thank you
to Mr Miller for being so innovative and giving so many students
including me the experience.

I left Linwood North

School at the end of my
Standard 4 year 1957 to
continue my primary
education at Shirley
Intermediate. Linwood
was in
operation or due to open.

Margaret Ann LangdaleHunt ( nee Rogers)

Pupil 1952 to 1957)


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Marjorie Dobbin - Teacher (1958-1977)

My classes and I occupied a little old room known as "Room 9", which overlooked the playing field and the
old Swimming baths which occupied quite a large place until they were eventually demolished. I remember all
the important incidents such as the demolition of the old brick classrooms; the odd fire and the odd burglary.
But I remember very clearly a dedicated little lady called Mrs Jones who day after day gave her time to
coaching the various classes that trailed down to the Baths. It was a great help as there were frequently over
forty pupils to watch over. I was always concerned at the number of live and dead bees often found floating in
the water. One or two found their targets. One morning I saw one of my pupils running towards the Baths, hotly pursued (and caught!) by the Dental Nurse. Eventually the small girl returned to Room 9, quite happy once
she had faced her ordeal, and after that she had no more qualms about her usually routine visits. I have an idea
that she eventually trained as a teacher.
P2 Rm 17 1965

Prefects 1961

S1 Rm 8 1967

Staff 1964

Carolyn Brosnahon - Pupil (1965 - 1970)

During the summer months, when the school hall wasn't built we would assemble outside one of the
classrooms. One time, my cousin and I brought one of my cats to school for a "pet parade" that afternoon. All
through the assembly the cat was in its box meowing - the teachers were not too happy about that. There was a
kitchen next to the dental room in the block off of the classrooms where Mr Walsh, the music teacher would
hold the instrumental music classes. While I was at school, there was a story going through school about a
ghost that lived in the kitchen because the kitchen was built over a graveyard.
Each morning we were given a cup of cocoa in the winter and a small bottle of milk in the summer. This was
very nice except that either the cocoa was cold or the milk was warm.
Every Friday my sister and I would go to the shops to buy a pie for lunch. The pies were nicknamed
"Stephenson rat pie" or "mystery pack" because you were not sure what you would get in them. Pies cost 10
cents and bottles of drink were also 10 cents. At the Dallington Fish and Chips shop you could get one piece of
fish and one scoop of chips for 10 cents. Also, for 20 cents you could get a dressed pie. We especially enjoyed
Fridays because we were allowed to pick out what ever we wanted.

1960 - 1969


The School Library

With encouragement from Principal Jack Stevens and key P.T.A. members, I started the School Library in
1965. The first library was in an old staff room in what we called the "Old Brick Building". Two staff
members, Joyce McMillan and Margery Gillespie gave me a lot of help. The School Committee and the P.T.A.
also helped and were impressed with what we were achieving. After the Hall was built in 1970 further fundraising led to a new Library being built on the end of the Hall.
by Harry Toy - Teacher and Deputy Principal 1964 - 1971
When the library 'out grew' its original site in the Old Brick Building, it was moved to two classrooms, a junior
library and a senior library. The Old Brick Building was turned into a music room. After the 1975 fire the
music room became the temporary staff room. Today the junior and intermediate syndicates use the library but
also go to the mobile library each Friday when the weather is fine, so that they can learn to use outside
Towards the end of 1997 Linwood North School achieved a milestone when for the first time in its history it
had a stand-alone, purpose built library. Our principal, Basil Shead had a goal when he came to Linwood
North that one day we would have a real library. He kept this goal to the fore and thanks to some wonderful
fundraising from the school community over several years and a generous donation from a past pupil, Sir Robertson Stewart and his wife Lady Adrienne, the dream was realised.

The present day library built in 1997

Principal - Basil Shead

In my time at Linwood North there had been a variety homes for the library. Some of these were the room at
the back of the hall, Room 8 and Room 10 and finally our new home. For a number of years there was a junior
library in Room 8 and a senior library in Room 10. This meant there was little sharing of books and often
double purchases of some titles so everyone was able to have a fair share of resources. In talking to old pupils
of the school some talk of a little room near the principal's office that was dark and not very attractive. The
new library is very attractive and due to the foresight of the Board of Trustees has space for expansion as we
move into the new millennium.
It has been great to see the library move into the electronic age with a fully computerised system for issuing
books. Recently we have linked to the internet and a chance for the children and staff to look at the world
beyond just books.
As well as being used for class activities it is also used for a variety of meeting both during the day and at
night. One of our hopes in the planning was that it would be a versatile building and it has proved to be this.
As Teacher with Library Responsibility for the past 6 years it has been very rewarding to see the growth of this
important part of the children's education and to see the joy the children get in using the library.
Over the years there has been a number of Teacher Aides, Task Force Green workers and Parent Helps whose
help has been vital to keep the library running.
Written by Liz Campbell - Teacher Aide/Teacher 1989-1999 (Associate Principal 2008)


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Classes for the Deaf

The classes for the deaf began in 1960 and were housed in the old brick building. The first teacher was Kay
Drew, followed by Jenny Luck in 1961. Neroli Paterson was the relieving teacher for the deaf unit for 9 weeks
in 1974 and starting in 1975, she became a permanent teacher at Linwood North School until her retirement in
The children were picked up from their homes by taxi and returned by taxi at the end of the day. They were
taught lip reading in addition to the regular primary school subjects. The children from the deaf unit were
encouraged to participate in school activities and mixed with the other children in the playground, in sports
activities and during assemblies.

TripletsGraeme, Carol and Rae Guiney

meeting their teacher Mrs Williamson in
March 1961. They also had an older brother
Alan and sister Lyndsey at the school.

Left - P4 Room.24 1964

Lynmaree Ariki is the Samoan girl on the
second row up third from the right. There is
another Samoan girl in the class and
Lynmaree thinks that they were the first
two Samoan children to attend Linwood
North School. There were few Island families in Christchurch at this time. After she
trained as a teacher she taught at
Linwood North School and before retiring from
teaching in 2008, was at Aranui
School teaching in the Samoan class until
the end of 2007 and then in a mainstream

1960 - 1969


1963-64 saw a lot of changes.

In 1963 the old dental clinic was moved to Waitaki School and a new clinic was opened earlier that same year.
The Dental Nurses (yes, there were two) catered for over 1000 children etc., in the area. From all accounts, the
dental business was fair booming and the nurses were kept very busy.
After a lot of letter writing between the School Committee, (with the backing of the Headmaster) and the
Canterbury Education Board, a new Staff Administration Block was built in 1964.
In 1965 the old administration rooms in the old wooden block were destroyed by fire.
Actually 1964 saw quite a change around the school. The school Library found a new home when it moved
into a building of its own and when the school hall finally opened, the library took up residence in a room at
the north end of the school hall.
During 1964, a new primary school was proposed in the Kearneys Road area but after some debate and many
letters it was decided not to persevere with the scheme.
During 1964 the School Committee received, from the Canterbury Education Board, the following quote
which increased the expenditure account of school money:
The manufacturers advise that because of the introduction of automation, there will be no more supplies of
reject toilet rolls.
Amazing where it comes from
In 1961 the school roll was at a high (since the opening of the Linwood Intermediate School in 1955) of 740.
In 1983 there were 507 pupils and in 2008 about 260 pupils.
For the purchase of the land for the School Hall the original request to purchase was made in June 1966.
Approval was given by the Canterbury Education Board (C.E.B.) in the same month. In September 1967, the
C.E.B. reversed its decision so a meeting was set up between the Boards Chief Architect, Ward Member and
the School Committees representatives. By the 1st August, 1968 the C.E.B. agreed to negotiate to buy the
original area of land as first suggested. The verbal agreement to purchase was received in November 1968 and
final gazette notification was received in March 1969. the plans that were drawn were quickly approved and
tenders called within seven days for the demolition or removal of the old residence on the acquired land. The
hall was built by L. & R. Builders at a cost of $21,000.00 and the then headmaster Mr. J. Stevens officially
opened the school hall on the 20th October 1970, 4 1/2 years after the first negotiations were started.


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The School Hall
When I joined the staff in May 1964 as the Deputy Principal, there was a small fund earmarked for a school
hall. The Principal Jack Stevens, and a small group of P.T.A. and School Committee members decided to
activate the fund. Various fundraising activities took place over the next 5 years. These activities included for
example, walks and paper collecting. In 1970 the Hall was built and opened by Mr Stevens (now retired) and
Mr P Spencer, Manager C.E.B. As acting Principal I held the first full assembly with about 800 children - a
noteworthy day.
by Harry Toy - Teacher and Deputy Principal (1964 - 1971)
Today (1999), the Hall is widely used by the Linwood North children as well as members of our community.
Tennis groups have used the hall for housie and church groups continue to use the hall for their activities.
Indoor bowls are held twice a week and the community holds weekly dance groups. The School Hall is also
used during elections as a venue for voting. The school uses the hall for its physical education programme,
assemblies and as a venue for school discos as well as other social events. It is also used for fundraising
functions such as garage sales.
The school library was situated at the back of the Hall in the old supper room. It was badly in need of
refurbishment. A gift was presented in the form of the old carpet from the Richmond Workingman's Club
Lounge bar. This was cleaned and laid by the club at no cost to the school and looked and wore amazingly
well. Shoestring economics were very much the order of the day then.


The Fire of 1975

Mrs Roma Smith, School Secretary (1950 - 1986)

The fire on September 26th 1975 shattered us all. All my records, staff photographs of 30 years, typewriter,
duplicators and admission registers, plus many other keepsakes that I had hoarded up during the years, all
gone. The electric clock had stopped at 3.45a.m. so that gave us a clue as to what time the fire had started. This
was to be good day for me, as the staff secretly had arranged to give a morning tea to celebrate my 25 years at
the school. We celebrated all right by cleaning up the unholy mess that the fire had done. The whole of the
administration block got it, but my office was a shambles. For days and days, Mrs Roberts, our Teacher Aide
and myself scrubbed furniture from the staff room, all smoke stained. Hundreds of textbooks that had been
stored in the foyer cupboards - we tried vainly to save them - we managed to save some, but not too many.

1970 - 1979


Neroli Paterson - Teacher (1966 - 1993)

My association with Linwood North School began in 1966 when the eldest of my three children started as a
new entrant (at this time the roll was over 800) and ended in 1996 when two of my grandchildren left the
school when they moved from the area. Thirty years is a long time for a family to have an association with the
same school and spanning three generations. I started teaching at Linwood North firstly in a relieving capacity
about 1972. I relieved in the deaf unit for 9 weeks in 1974 and starting in 1975, I became a permanent teacher
until I retired in 1993. I taught at the School for Deaf in Sumner from 1956-60 and when I relieved in the deaf
class at Linwood North in 1972, about four of the children were from my classes at Sumner.
Over the years the physical appearance of the school has changed dramatically, but one thing which hasn't is
the professionalism and friendliness of the staff that always had the education and welfare of the children as
their main focus.
My husband Leon was also involved with Linwood North as a member of the School Committee in 1978-79
and as the chairman in 1980-81. This was the last School Committee before it combined with the P.T.A. to
become the School Council. During this time the new swimming pool was built. A big fair held at Bromley
Park was one of the main fundraisers. Another successful fundraiser was the weekly Housie, which the P.T.A.
ran for a number of years.
All my time at Linwood North was spent in the Junior School where I taught children from J1 to J3. One funny
incident from my first year, which has stayed in my memory, is the time a junior reading book was returned
one morning with all the picture pages pasted over with white paper! The explanation I was given was - mother had taken literally what I had said to her, to cover the pictures so that her son would read the words instead
of the pictures and I demonstrated by putting my hand over the picture. I couldn't believe my eyes the next day
when I saw the book. The staff at morning tea had a laugh too when I showed them the book.
One of our class trips was to Lyttelton to visit the "roll on - roll off" ship, the "Spirit of Competition". The
grandfather of one of the boys had worked on it so he was able to arrange the visit. The children were amazed
at the size of it especially as we walked on to it through the roll on - roll off doors that made them feel so small
inside the bowels of the ship. I had plenty of parent helps for that trip! The day ended with lunch at Corsair
Bay, building sandcastles, which the sea washed away, and paddling and searching for sea life.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Tim Bakers Recollection

I, Tim Baker, was asked to compile this centennial book in March 2008. I grew up and still live in Aranui
and went to Aranui Primary School. I started school in 1974 and when I saw this photograph above I thought it
a good place to add my 2 cents.
Mrs Joyce Barry in this photograph was my maths teacher at Aranui School in 1977, just before she changed
schools to Linwood North becoming the Senior Teacher of Junior Classes.
My story is at this time, when I was 8 years young. I thought it would be funny, with the encouragement of my
3 brothers and sister, that I wear my sisters dress and my hair in a pig tail to school. Just before school started I
needed to go to the toilet and went into the boys toilet. Mrs Barry had seen me a little earlier and had thought I
must have been a new girl student to the school. She rushed in to the boys toilet behind me and grabbed my
arm and told me that the girls toilet was next door. I then laughed and told her who I was. I soon after took the
dress off as I had my shorts and shirt underneath.
My mother later told me that at the ParentTeacher Interview she told my mum that she was worried about
what my parents were like to let their child do such a thing. I no longer cross-dress!

Primers Room 2 1974

Miss Batchelor

New Entrants Room 8 1974

Mrs Williamson

1970 - 1979



I was a teacher in the 1970s. At first I was a reliever in the standard 3, A stream. What I remember most about
this class were the science displays which were highly recommended by the Headmaster. Also the skits the
pupils often put together and enjoyed. Some of the boys made one of a racing commentary of five different
horses. It was so hilarious that everybody keeled over with laughter. You almost felt like you were there
rounding the bend, brushing the rail, going neck to neck, stride for stride. Dave Clarkson would have
appreciated the mimicking of it all I am sure.
Later I was a year 2 junior assistant and have fond memories of pretty triplets on their first day tantrums
usually one was consolable, but three! It was much harder to have mum leave, however it all righted itself
with three bright girls doing very well. I got a set of coffee cups from them when I left.
I remember being almost due with my third child and the principal would ask, What did the doctor say? I
replied Anytime now. Nervously rubbing his hand over his chin he suggested I take early maternity leave or
have a reliever in for the afternoon. I agreed to leave that day and the next day a baby boy was delivered
Kiwi Timutimu

Mrs P. Huggins
J1 Room 5 1979


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

75th Jubilee 1983
The success of the school's 75th Jubilee was a memorable occasion that was run by a very dedicated Jubilee
Committee chaired by Robert Claridge. This gave a chance for all those who attended to catch up with long
lost friendships. The only real disappointment over the weekend was the weather. I still remember running
around the very large marquee on the backfield knocking in the pegs as they kept pulling out due to the force
of the wind. While all this was going on, the speeches carried on. Luckily, all those gathered had just left when
the marquee collapsed. I hope that the weather in 2008 for the 100 th reunion will be kinder.
By Bill Martin, School Council

75th Jubilee Programme

Mr B. Dawber
Miss Ockenden
Mr J. Sparrow
Combined Choir
Mr E. Richardson
Mrs R. David (nee Hawkins)
Mr R. Claridge

Singing New Zealand National Anthem

Mr R. Claridge, Chairman 75th Jubilee Committee
A 1st day pupil to ring the bell
Canterbury Education Board Representative
Chairman School Council
Past School Committee and P.T.A.
A 1st day pupil to cut the Jubilee Cake

1980 - 1989


John Warburton - Principal (1986-1988)

During my first week at Linwood North School a young girl ran up to me in the playground and said "you
taught my mother!" I immediately agreed as the likeness was amazing. Somehow this spontaneous greeting
seemed to set the scene for contact with the children at Linwood North School. I was privileged to be able to
be part of these young lives from 1986 until 1988. I was also privileged to be part of a talented staff, a hard
working School Council and a community that I respected for the richness and variety of human experiences
and cultures.
I valued the friendliness and challenge of working with the pupils. I enjoyed formal weekly assemblies where
the singing was a real highlight. I really loved "walkabout" time. This was a time when I tried to visit classes
and it was a joy to learn of the steady (and at times dramatic) progress of children of all ages. Sport and physical education were especially popular but the creative talents were given opportunities to flourish and grow.
And yes! There was plenty of interest and energy put into "basic" areas (reading, mathematics and language)
and special needs work.
The talents and commitments of all staff (teaching and non-teaching) were very impressive! I believe that
many innovative programmes catering for the needs of children were developed. There were really
encouraging results at all levels. I enjoyed the informal contact with staff and the humour and laughter.
A hard working school committee was responsible for developing the school in the twilight of the Education
Board years; what a friendly, reliable and committed group.
I treasured the contact with school families, especially parents. I always found the cultural dimensions
ulating and humbling and I know that I received more than I could give.


I would like to extend my best wishes to present and future pupils, parents, staff members and Boards of
Trustees for success in caring for the learning and welfare of pupils and in thriving on the many challenges that
we are facing.

1988 School Hangi

The pupils prepared the food, dug the hangi
pit and fed their families.


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Colleen Woodhall - Secretary (1984 - Present)

I started working at Linwood North School in 1984 as a library/teacher-aide, which included working with
special needs children and doing library and clerical work. In 1993 I was appointed school secretary after
Margaret Crawford resigned.
When I commenced duties at Linwood North School there were two libraries; the senior library which was
situated in the room at the back of the school hall and the junior library in the classroom which is now Room 8.
In the late 80s the senior library was relocated to a classroom now known as Room 10. The two libraries were
merged in 1996. This was more satisfactory as all the children had access to a wider range of fiction and non
-fiction books suited to all reading levels.
The role of school secretary has changed greatly over the years, especially in the field of technology. School
newsletters and notices were laboriously printed on the good old-fashioned Banda machine, which required
plenty of muscle power and a lot of patience. It was always obvious when someone had been using a Banda as
their hands were liberally covered in ink (not to mention parts of their face where an inky finger left its mark!).
Gestetners were a slight improvement as once a document was typed on a manual typewriter, hopefully without any errors, this would then be wound on to a roller making sure that it was wrinkle free and with any sort
of luck an adequate copy would be printed.
With the introduction of our first photocopier, life became a great deal simpler and more efficient although it
generated a greater use of paper.
I recall when we entered the "exciting world of electronic typing." Not only was it possible to edit a document
while typing it but the typewriter had a memory of 8K (approximately 8,192 characters equal to 4 pages of
typed information). We thought this was modern technology at its best.

1988 School Fair

A great view of the older part of the school.

These classrooms will be rebuilt during 2009/10.

1980 - 1989


Joy McCormack - Deputy Principal (1985 - 1996)

When I arrived at Linwood North I had little idea of how momentous the times were to be, not for the school
only, but for the entire education sector.
I visited the school before I accepted the appointment as Senior Teacher, Junior Classes and was impressed by
the wonderful interval programme that the Deputy Principal, Mr Jack Cotton, had created. All the children
were involved in sporting activities of one kind or another. The playground was a busy and active place. The
grounds were tidy and attractive the Principal, Mr Marwick was noted for his interest in presenting an interesting environment. The classrooms all showed evidence of well thought out programmes.
Linwood North, at that time was a large school but over the years classroom after classroom disappeared as the
roll dropped. Some of the teachers affected moved to higher things. John McKenzie became a lecturer at the
College of Education, leaving behind a wonderful Social Studies/English resource. Later Rose Parker won a
Maori lectureship position at the Canterbury University. Jean-Marie Cain moved to Dunedin where she
lectures part time at the College of Education. Lynne Duffin arrived at the school as a reliever. Basically an
infant teacher, she was appointed to look after a difficult Standard Four class, which she managed with her
usual flair and distinction. Later she worked in the Junior School and made a notable contribution before
accepting the position as Principal at a small country school in North Canterbury.
Change was the order of the day and Linwood North had its share of firsts in this regard. I was the first Senior
Teacher, Junior Classes in Canterbury to be able to hold my position as a junior Class Supervisor on winning
the position of Deputy Principal following the retirement of Mr Cotton. This had meant a change in the
definition of duties required of D.P.s from being in charge of the sport, discipline and various sundry
timetabling tasks, to caring for the welfare of staff and children.
On Mr Marwick's retirement, Mr Jack Cotton was relieving Principal until the arrival of John Warbuton, an
energetic young man very keen and knowledgeable of Social Studies and enthusiastic about the new look that
the Picot Report was bringing to the schools. The rising aspirations of the Maori were now coming to the fore.
The school established a Maori Culture Group and suitable costumes were made by staff and parents.
A hangi was a feature and Maori language became a part of the school's daily programme especially in the
Junior School. The writing of new "Schemes of Work" in subject areas to replace the old "School Scheme"
was begun with committees of staff members being set up to create programmes suitable for Linwood North
based on such curriculum materials as was available from the Education Department (which was soon to

Maori Culture Group - Costumes were made by Joy McCormack


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Joy McCormack - Deputy Principal (1985 - 1996) - Part Two
School assemblies were always a feature with enthusiastic singing of suitable modern song, some written by
Kevin Taylor, a long time staff member and others chosen by Linda (now Mrs Peterson). The Junior
Assemblies were equally enjoyable. Parents were welcome to attend these assemblies. During this time Linda
produced and staged the musical "Jonah", which was a notable success thoroughly enjoyed by children and
parents and was a credit to everyone involved.
In the Junior School we had already begun a programme of encouraging parents to visit the school. We had
established the annual fancy dress folk dance. This was very popular with both children and parents. Pet days
and athletic and swimming sports days were also held. As well, we had open days when parents were invited
into the classroom to see the school in action.

Pet Day 1990s

The school library was situated at the back of the Hall in the old supper room. It was badly in need of
refurbishment. A gift was presented in the form of the old carpet from the Richmond Workingman's Club
Lounge bar. This was cleaned and laid by the club at no cost to the school and looked and wore amazingly
well. Shoestring economics were very much the order of the day then.
On John Warburton's departure I served a term as Acting Principal until the arrival of Jill Burdett. It was
during this period that the elections of the first Board of Trustees under the new regime of Tomorrow's School
took place. This was a difficult time for the school as no doubt it was for other schools. Coming to terms with
the new way of doing things, and understanding the mixed agendas of the various groups who felt that
membership on the Board would give them power over the curriculum and the day to day classroom
programmes, was not helped by the political statements that were being made at the time. Added to this was
the desire of many Maori parents of start a Kura Kaupapa (total immersion school) at Linwood North and the
ramifications that this would have involved.
Jill Burdett, the new Principal, arrived at this transitional time. Linwood North's first charter commenced
during her administration. She was responsible for the moving of the Library from the back of the Hall to the
middle of the main block. This was the only renovation that was allowed at the time. The establishment of
immersion classes at Phillipstown and Opawa meant the Linwood North lost some children. New ways of
appointing staff were now in vogue. No longer was there an Education Board or a Grading Report to go by. It
was now necessary for aspiring teachers to produce a C.V. and for the selection committee of the school to
interview those they considered most suitable for the position.

1990 - 1999


Hat parade

Favourite Book Character day 14 November 1990

Staff winners L-r: B. Shalders, R. Smith, J. Power, M Ackers, J.M. Cain,
H. Singleton, L. Duffin, A. Beentjes, T. Geal, J.McCormack,
N. Paterson
In front P. Godfrey and K. van Olst

Hat parades and Book Character parades were instituted and were great fun for the children as well as creative
learning times. Jill returned to Wellington for personal reasons after only a year at the school. The staff was
sorry to lose her. She was a vibrant insightful person who had much to offer.
With the arrival of Basil Shead the school achieved a permanence that it had long needed. Teachers Aides of
many kinds, library, PhysEd, Individual tutors, Clerical assistants and Maori language helpers became part of
the scene and gave much needed assistance to the staff.
The school swimming pool ceased to be used and, I note has recently been replaced by a beautiful new library.
For swimming, the school began to bus children to a local swimming centre where experts taught them in
suitable small groups. A beautiful new junior playground was established. Part of this was bought by the
school and part gifted by the Eastgate Mall.
Linwood North's first School Charter was completed and signed in 1991. New policies for the Board and the
staff needed to be written and compiled as the Ministry began fine tuning the needs of tomorrow's Schools to
provide the best education for tomorrow's citizens.
Technical changes have not passed by the school. When I first arrived at the school there was a photocopier of
which staff had limited use. Under John Warburton we were allowed 100 sheets a term. There was an electric
typewriter and a telephone. Since then the photocopier has been thoroughly updated and the staff has almost
unlimited access to what has become a most necessary teacher's aid. There is a fax machine, a paper shredder,
a laminator and most importantly, a modern computer. Working with all these changes and totally unfazed by
them has been Colleen Woodhall. Colleen has been an efficient and wonderful school secretary. She does her
job without fuss, is always reliable and always willing to help. She has learned new skills including high-class
computer skills to keep up with the needs of her position and has been a sympathetic and helpful friend to
those she works with.
Of course computers did not only stay in the
office. They appeared also in the classroom
and the staff had to learn to use these and
instruct children in their use. One of the
things about modern technology that we
learned quite quickly is how soon these
wonders go out of date and how expensive it
is to fully equip schools in the best way
I have not mentioned floods, fire and
vandalism. In John Warburton's time the
playgrounds were flooded and a great deal
of work was necessary to restore the drainage and the playing surfaces.


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Later in Basil Shead's time we had the fire in the main block. This would have been a great deal more serious
if Helen Singleton had not called the fire brigade in the middle of the night. As it was, the store of library
books, the school journals, records, equipment and, of course rooms and furnishings were badly damaged and
the work required by staff and others in collating and recording for replacement purposes was enormous. Still,
good came out of this in the end as the newly refurbished office area and the new staff room were a vast
improvement on the old.
Throughout this time of course, the teaching of the children has been the school's most important function and
each staff member has brought unique gifts to their task. Jan Power introduced a sensory motor programme in
the junior school. Anne Beentjes developed several wonderful science fairs. Several of the teachers train in
Reading Recovery techniques and used their skills in the school to assist those children who hadn't managed to
achieve success in the reading process. These included Neroli Paterson, Margaret Ackers, Helen Singleton,
Kathy Van Olst. Of these only Neroli had retired when I left Linwood North. In this connection, I was grateful
to the school earlier on for allowing me as a trained Reading Recovery Teacher to become a Post Graduate
Research Affiliate with Canterbury University researching the value or otherwise of Reading Recovery on
Maori children. Linwood North children were part of the cohort selected for testing and the information gained
was valuable in assessing our programme of assistance to these children.
Special mention must be made of Marie Grey. Although a trained teacher, she accepted the role of Teacher's
Aide at the school and has for many years contributed greatly to the tasks involved in teaching children who
needed extra help. She has taken many extra courses to increase her knowledge and skills in this difficult area.
Linwood North was fortunate indeed to have her services for so long.
Much of my time was spent on administration work, testing and evaluating children's progress and needs and
on preparing worksheets, games and so forth to enhance the programmes of the various classes. I taught many
delightful children, particularly in my last year and some difficult and very naughty ones. But all of them had
endearing qualities and I am sure that most will grow up to be fine citizens.
The deaths of two children of the school, one with asthma and the other with leukaemia were sad moments for
all during my years there. It was sad to see such promising little people taken from us and they left a gap in
everyones heart.
Joy McCormack - Deputy Principal (1985 - 1996)

Ron Smith - Teacher (1989 - 1994)

In 1991 school camps underwent a major change. S4 (Year 6) pupils took to the water, camping in tents at
Lakeside by Lake Ellesmere. The programme was sailing skills, including canoeing, dinghy rowing and sailing
single-handed on Optimist yachts. The progress all pupils made was amazing. Even those pupils with no
previous experience were able after three days, to sail the final "test" around the island - a real confidence
Lake Ellesmere was ideal water for learning these skills, being warmer and shallower than the harbour. On one
occasion one young sailor (who had his own yacht) capsized about 100 metres from shore. He clung
desperately to the upturned yacht and yelled frantically for his Dad, a parent helper sailing nearby. Dad's
response was "Put you feet down and stand up!", which he did. The water was only waist deep!
A mystery never solved was how a pencil came to be floating 50 metres from shore, no owner in sight and
never claimed. The only real trouble ever came from the inevitable short, sharp, strong southerly that blew
tents down in the middle of the night, leading to a trek in the dark with sleeping bags to bed down in the hall
for the rest of the night.

Athletics Day 1992 J2 "Gold Medal" team

Athletic Zone Team 1996 with teacher and coach Lance

Woods. Back Row: Thomas, Sarah, Melanie, LaToya, Victoria,
Katie and Sydney. Front Row: Chase, Pinese, Michael, Joshua
and Seth.

1990 - 1999


1993 Fire
In 1993 we had a major fire in the main block. This would have been a great deal more serious if Helen Singleton had not called the fire brigade in the middle of the night. As it was, the store of library books, the school
journals, records, equipment and, of course rooms and furnishings were badly damaged and the work required
by staff and others in collating and recording for replacement purposes was enormous. Still, good came out of
this in the end as the newly refurbished office area and the new staff room were a vast
improvement on
the old.

Ron Smith - Teacher (1989 - 1994)

The fire of 1993 meant the total loss of almost all the personal property of the Room 10 pupils. Luckily the
store-room door was shut or it would have been far worse as the classroom was completely gutted. The closed
door prevented the fire from spreading. There were some miracles even in the total destruction inside the
classroom. The virtue of having a tidy desk was rewarded for Sarah Johnston whose books, neatly stacked
inside her desk, dropped in a pile to the floor when her desk burnt through. The neat pile was only charred
around the edges. From the middle of this stack Sarah retrieved a slightly charred Christmas card, addressed to
Mrs Smith (which we still have). Another survivor was the cork cricket ball from the teacher's desk (another
trophy). Weren't we lucky that the completed end of year reports on Basil Shead's desk somehow survived!
But of the tadpoles, not even the aquarium remained. And Mark McLaughlin's souvenir aluminium plates from
his leg operation were proof that even aluminium burns without trace in intense heat.


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Basil Shead, Principal, Sir

Stewart at the opening of the
Stewart Library.

The first office computer was purchased in

1990 and dare I say it, but I couldn't really see
that it was necessary! This was a real learning
curve and a wonderful challenge. It wasn't
long before the computer became a very
important part of school administration and is
now indispensable.
Our first computer, monitor and laser printer
"melted" in the 1993 school fire. Fortunately
all information was backed up on disks so no
vital information was lost. We were also very
lucky that other school records were stored
safely with very little damage occurring.
When "Tomorrow's School" was introduced,
individual schools became self- managing with
Boards of Trustees being responsible for the
administration and financial management of
schools. This meant a great deal more
responsibility was required of the principal
and school secretary who were working on
behalf of the Board. Much of the day to day
running of the school now rests with the principal who reports to the Board who are elected every three years
to govern the school.
My job description as school secretary has had to be widened to include much of the recording and processing
of financial accounts each month for School Support Ltd who are contracted by the Board of Trustees to
compile our Annual Reports and Financial Statements.
The fire of 1993 did bring one important benefit to the school - a much improved and remodelled
Administration area.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Linwood North School and look forward to spending several more years
working in this busy and challenging role.
Life is never dull in the office!

Winsome Smith - Librarian (1991 - 1994)

No More School Pool
In 1996 the new O.S.H. requirements for
school pools made it uneconomical and
affordable to keep the school pool open even
though it was built just 16 years earlier in
1980. In 1997 the pool was removed and the
children began to bus to the Aquagym Pool.
The same year the new library was built on
the pool site.

New Junior Playground

In 1996 Eastgate Mall donated their old playground
to the school. With the help of Mr Shead and others
from the Linwood/Woolston Rotary, along with
parents of the school, the playground was rebuilt at
the school.

1990 - 1999


Linwood North School Staff 1999

Back Row: Adrienne Fuller, David Wheeler, Irene Aldridge, Annette Matheson, Kathryn Gray-van Olst,
Susan Hunt, Helen Singleton, Lance Woods, Jan Power, Marie Grey, Margaret Ackers,
Kevin Taylor, Dermot Pratt
Front Row: Margaret Daniels, Anne Beentjes, Valerie Carpenter, Sandra Peter (Deputy Principal), Basil
Shead (Principal), Mike Allen (Assistant Principal), Liz Campbell, Colleen Woodhall


Room 1 1990

Room 5 1998

Room 2 1996

Room 6 1996

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In 1999 Linwood North School produced An Updated History for the Millennium booklet, 1908 - 1999.
As the compiler of this centennial book, I was delighted to have this comprehensive history of the school on
Word file. Much of this book is cut and pasted from the millennium book.

Continue from page 37Sherran Tritt

As the millennium approached we had
Lyn Duffin our Deputy Principal leave us
and her successor was Sandra Peter who
joined us from Medbury School. I was
elected for a further term on the Board of
Trustees in 2001 and in 2002 our
principal, since 1990, Basil Shead, told us
of his intention to retire, so in 2003 the
Board advertised his position. We were
overwhelmed with applicants from all
over New Zealand and a few from overseas. After 2 days of interviewing, the
Board announced Sandra Peter to be our
new principal for which she accepted. We
also welcomed back Helen Singleton back
on our staff. Awesome things were
happening at our newly painted school.
Two big things to happen to the school
was the opening of the new pre-school and
the start of the Oscar after school/
holiday programme. Another 3 years
passed and another B.O.T. election in
2004. At the end of 2004 I retired from chairperson with Rose Seinafo being elected and she remains chair
today. I stayed on the B.O.T. in a lesser role. In July 2005, after the school nominated me, I proudly excepted a
service award presented to me by the Hagley/Ferrymead Community Board for outstanding voluntary contribution to Linwood North School. As we head towards our school centenary, I am proud to be involved as an ex
-pupil and current B.O.T. member in planning our schools celebration. On Monday 4th August the current
staff, pupils and Board celebrated our official birthday which I was very touched to be at this special assemblythank you. I look forward in meeting you at the Centenary Reunion. Here is hoping for a special memorable weekend.
Sherran Tritt

2000 - 2008


Outdoor Education and School Camps - 2000

Our school camps are a feature of our Outdoor Education programme. I have been fortunate enough to attend
both the Year 5 and 6 camps over the years. The Year 6 camp at Ellesmere provided great opportunities for the
children to experience sailing in a variety of aquatic activities, which many of them would never get a chance
to do again.
The joy of these camps is to see those very reluctant children who have to be coerced into the water the first
time finish the camp unwilling to leave the water and wanting one more turn. The down side of the Ellesmere
camp was to listen to the wail in the middle of the night when the tent next door blew over. Bleary-eyed, you
try to put the tent up again. I learned that you could expect very little sleep at camp.
For the past two years I have enjoyed taking the Year 5 children to Hanmer Springs. For many children this is
the first time they have been away from home and it is good to see the way most are able to cope. At Hanmer
we do a lot of walks in the bush and up Conical Hill. We have always achieved 100% success walking to the
top of the hill and this for some children is a great achievement.
The outdoor education programme at Linwood North gives all the children a change to try activities and go
places they have never been. We have been able to keep the cost at a reasonable level and few children have
missed the opportunity because of the cost.
Liz Campbell - Associate Principal 1989 - present

Sailing at School

Camp Tents at
Lake Ellesmere


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Sport in the New Millennium




2000 - 2008


Miss Simms, Mrs Curtain and now Mrs Geal recalls four decades.
When I was talking to a fellow staff member recently, we calculated that I am in my fourth decade of being
involved with Linwood North School! Four decades! Thats a bit scary.
I have been through 3 incarnations in this time:- Miss Simms, Mrs Curtain and now Mrs Geal.
1973 and 1974
My first involvement was a 2 year placement in the Infant Department in 1973. The school had a much
bigger roll then and many more classrooms than at present. The original buildings were still on site and in use.
The old brick building had 2 regular classrooms as well as a Deaf Unit that was associated to Van Asch
College in Sumner. The room that we have used as the Arts Room was a full-time classroom (it is in use as a
classroom again, at present, as a Reception room for the New Entrant children until their new room is built.)
My classroom at that time was Room 23 and is now called Room 7.
The school bursting at its seams and 4 prefabricated buildings were placed in front of the Infant block. This
meant that all the infant classes could be located in one area and not scattered throughout the school. It also
meant that some of the classes could move out of the original wooden building that seemed to take a lot of
The rooms were then renumbered accordingly. The prefabs were numbered 1 4 and I moved into Room 5
(Room 4 today). I stayed in that room until the end of 1974.
The swimming pool was located near the Ngarimu Street gate. It was surrounded by a high concrete wall and
was used as a Community Pool as well. The infant classes did not use the pool while I taught at the school
then. With so many classes timetabling for swimming would have been a nightmare.
Duty times for teachers started at 12:30pm on day 1 and went to 12:30pm the next day. There were 3 teachers
on duty each day 1 from the senior school, 1 from the middle school and 1 from the infant area. Because
there were so many teachers we did not have the same day each week for our duty. If your duty began at
12:30pm on Tuesday in one week, it would slide along and the next weeks duty would begin at 12:30 pm on
There were 2 Road Patrol teams on Woodham Road. The major one was where the crossing used to be- from
the entrance beside the hall across to the corner of Worcester Street near the glasshouses. The patrollers used
the lollipop barriers and the teacher on duty carried a notebook to write any motoring infringements in. There
was another crossing at the entrance where the brick building was. At this minor crossing there were 2
patrollers to help children cross safely without the barriers, but watched by a teacher.
So many teachers meant that the staff room (where the office is now) was very crowded at morning tea time.
Some of the more mature teachers had claimed certain seats in the staffroom and Heaven help any poor
unsuspecting person who sat on their seat!
At the end of 1974 my placement at the school was ended and I moved on.
1986 1991
I returned to Linwood North as a Relieving Teacher after living in the North Island and doing mother stuff. It
was quite different to the school I had moved away from 12 years earlier. The roll was still big but not as it had
The original building was gone and there were 4 prefabricated buildings where it had been. The brick building
was gone and a swimming pool stood in its place. The big swimming pool had been removed and the field
extended, uninterrupted, to the back fence.
Where the old iron climbing frames and monkey bars had been the only playground equipment, now there
was a large wooden fort.
During this time the roll went down and 2 of the prefabricated buildings in front of the school were removed.
My involvement with the school grew as I took on part-time work and Long Term Relieving positions, but
ended (temporarily) with the birth of my daughter.
1993 1998
During these years the roll fluctuated. Some years we were full to bursting and others had rooms that were
empty. The remaining prefabs were removed from the front of the school in this era.
In 1994/1995 the school negotiated an arrangement with Linwood City (Eastgate) to purchase the playground
equipment that they were removing in their refurbishment. Now the Junior School had their own playground.


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The swimming pool was not being used any longer, for many reasons. The children were traveling to
Aquagym for their swimming lessons twice a year. The pool was demolished to make way for a new library
In 1996 there was a large roll growth that meant the Arts room was once more a classroom. Plans for the new
library were well underway. When it was completed in 1997, the senior library (Room 8) and junior library
(Room 1) became much needed classrooms again.
After the fire in 1993 we had a new staffroom in what had been Room 10. The whole administration area had
to be remodeled and modernized. No one minded where anyone sat anymore.
Computers were beginning to be used in classrooms mainly as word processors and for playing games.
At the end of 1998 I had to end my time at Linwood North once more. I was very reluctant to do so, but had to
move to the North Island again!
2005 2008
On returning to the mainland again, I popped into the school to say hello. I was back and have been here
More changes!
I had left a comparatively large school with some brown faces in the mix, but mainly a school made up of
children of European descent.
I returned to a school that was much smaller and that has a real multi-cultural mix in its pupils.
Computer technology is used in all rooms and is a focus area for future learning. The children are all becoming
ICT savvy and often show the teacher how to achieve on the equipment.
Only 1 of the 4 prefabs remain in the junior area, and that is used as an O.S.C.A.R. room.
The top of the fort has been removed for safety reasons but the field and playing area is much the same as it
Woodham Road is more busy than it ever was and this makes Road Patrol even more challenging.
A growing roll means that the school can build a new building that will house the New Entrant Reception
Now we have been granted enough money to completely rebuild the school. What changes will this bring?
What opportunities for Linwood North Learners?

2000 - 2008



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The Past, Present and the Future A Current Student Perspective

Jasmine BrownModern Art

Jess AspinwallComputer Classrooms

A century of art
brings colour
to black and white photos.

In the future
students download lessons
from laptop teachers.

Linwood cadets
line up with guns
and a golden horn.

Megabyte mouthfuls
nourish a new generation
hungry for knowledge.

1920s teachers
sit cross legged
on a green grass field.

Bad behaviour earns

electric shocks
from internet headmasters.

An office fire
burns red hot flames
in the schools memory.

If robots replace teachers

the heart of the school
would vanish.

Ashes of the past

paint pictures
of the future.

Irihapeti Pitana-UtaIFood for Thought

Tori PollardGifts of History

Pints of frozen milk

in glass bottles
strengthen bones of ghosts.

Wool itches
students of the past
sitting at wooden desks.

Crates carried
into the school
make queens of calcium.

Open fires
warm their hearts
like a good friend.

Fruit in schools
feeds the imagination
of hungry children.

Dusty books
predict the future
like fortune tellers.

If these seeds disappear

will we download dinner
in the future?

Women without rights

become principals
and prime ministers.

Amber SmithLinwood North Nature

Inkwells injected
into plastic pens
create history.
The past and present
forecast potential
for new beginnings.

Rose bushes guard

our schools entrance
like thorn soldiers.
The principals office
is the headquarters
for future leaders.
Present pupils
merge with the mural
like prancing pukekos.
Ancient oak trees
plant acorns
of our ancestors.



Centennial Haiku
Oak trees cast shadows
of faded memories.
A golden jubilee
shines on the school
treasures of the past.
--Jasmine Brown
Red, black and green
reflect the true colours
of past, present and future.
A sports field is born
from ashes of life
goalie graveyard.
--Tori Pollard
A ghostly wall
in our play area
stands still for centuries.

Library books
colour the imagination
pages whisper secrets.
--Jess Aspinwall
Peeking into
an old classroom
bricks bridge the past
Boys lined up
in black and white
world war one fire drills
--Amber Smith
Hot potatoes
and jellied beetroot
golden jubilee banquet
Pupils prepare
a school hangi
spirits of the earth
--Irihapeti Pitana-Utai

What the students of Room 9, year 5 and 6, think

Linwood North School will be like in 100 years time
We think the pupils will be:

Genetically trained to get everything right- Kiefer 10yrs

Very smart and they will have extra long legs because they will be the fastest people in
the world- Kingston 11yrs
Wacky, weird and wearing colourful clothes that clash- Olivia 9yrs

We think that the classrooms will be:

Big and have a huge computer and the desks will have a built in lap top with the internetEmily 10yrs
All run by electrical stuff so that when you talk it writes it all into your book for youTim 11yrs

We think the playground will have:

Go carts and sky high slides- Tim 11yrs

A huge field with every sport you could think of on it- Tori 10yrs

We think the teachers will be:


Called Teachbots- Charlotte M 11yrs

Wearing uniforms- Zack 11yrs
Holograms of your favourite cartoon character but it is still your teacher, teaching from
somewhere else through the hologram- Tori 10yrs

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We think that when we do sport it will be:

Extra hard- Tim 11yrs

Really fun and there will be lots and lots of equipment- Olivia 9yrs
Taught by professionals- Kiefer 10yrs

We think the best thing about going to school in 100 years time will be:

Being taught be robot teachers- Kingston 11yrs

There will be a caf inside each classroom- Emily 10yrs
Bikes wont get stolen because they will have alarms on them- Zack 11yrs

What the students of Room 8, year 5 and 6, think

Linwood North School will be like in 100 years time
We think the pupils will be:

Weirdly dressed but they will be very smart- Emily 10yrs

A mix of people and robots- Charlotte M 11yrs
Wearing funky clothes and they will have really cool haircuts- Jasmine 10yrs

We think that the classrooms will be:

Shiny and chrome and it will be everywhere, even the teacher- Amos 10yrs
Will have big screens instead of whiteboards- Zack 11yrs
Really big and have a cooking studio- Jasmine 10yrs
Comfortable with bean bags to sit in Tori 10yrs

We think the playground will have:

A really random design with a pool right in the middle of the field- Emily 10ys
Like AMI Stadium with a really big swimming pool- Jasmine 10yrs

We think the teachers will be:

There will be no teachers, we will taught by robots- Lorraine 10yrs

Teaching on a T.V from the teachers house that runs through a cord into the classroomOlivia 9yrs

We think that when we do sport it will be:

Where everyone runs at the same speed which is 500kms an hour- Amos 10yrs
Whatever sport you wanted to play you would be coached by your favourite sports heroTori 10yrs

We think the best thing about going to school in 100 years time will be:

We wont need money to be happy- Charlotte M 11 yrs

There will be no cold or windy weather, just smiles everywhere- Amos 10yrs



Headmasters and Principals
1908 ~ 2008

Mr S. McCullough


Mr Ronald Sutherland

1971 - 1973

Mr Frank T. Evans

1909 - 1919

Mr Graeme Mee


Mr D. M. Shirlaw


Mr Edward Arbuckle

1974 - 1977

Mr Thomas Douds

1920 - 1928

Mr Lloyd Markwick

1978 - 1985

Mr William Rodger

1929 - 1942

Mr John Warburton

1986 - 1988

Mr Jack Mottram

1942 - 1954

Mrs Joy McCormack


Mr Jack E. Stevens

1955 - 1969

Miss Jill Burdett

1988 - 1989

Mr Murray Edmonds


Mrs Joy McCormack


Mr Harry Toy


Mr Basil Shead

1990 - 2003

(Temporary Headmaster)





Mrs Sandra Peter 2003 - present

Infant Mistresses and Deputy Principals

1908 ~ 2008
Miss M. Wells
Miss E. Webster
Miss Annie Baxter
Mrs Dorothy M. Williamson
Miss Patricia McDonald

1908 - 1927
1927 - 1941
1941 - 1957
1975 - 1978

Mrs Joyce Barry

Mrs Joy McCormack
Mrs Lynne Duffin
Mrs Sandra Peter
Mrs Liz Campbell
Ms Helen Singleton

1978 - 1984
1985 - 1996
1996 - 1999
1999 - 2003
2003 - present
2004 - present {Associate Principals}

Chairmen of School Committees

1908 ~ 1988

Mr W. J. Denton
Mr R. Carter
Mr H. F. Herbert
Mr R. Carter
Mr G. T. Baker
Mr C. R. N. Mackie
Mr H. W. Friedman
Mr A. Robertson
Mr F. M. Poole
Mr H.A. Steel
Mr R. H. Stewart
Mr D. H. Allison


1908 - 1917
1919 - 1921
1922 - 1926
1927 - 1928
1929 - 1931
1932 - 1936
1936 - 1940
1940 - 1944
1944 - 1945
1946 - 1947
1948 - 1949
1950 - 1952

Mr J.V.W. Thomas
Mr J. L. Gilloly
Mr J. B. Gash
Mr D. H. Hemsley
Mr I. L. Mehrtens
Mr V. Aitken
Mrs S. E. Burrage
Mr E. J. Richardson
Mrs June Kerr
Mr L.K.Paterson
Mr J. Sparrow

1953 - 1954
1955 - 1956
1957 - 1958
1959 - 1960
1961 - 1962
1963 - 67
1968 - 1969
1978 - 1979
1980 - 1981
1981 - 1984

Chairman of School Council (Change of title)

Mr Bill Martin

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1985 - 1988

Chairpersons Board of Trustees 1989 ~ 2008

Andre Evers
Sarah Lander
Charlie Gower
Tony Marsh
Sherran Tritt
Rose Seinafo

1992 - 1995
1995 - 2004
2004 - Present

Dux Pupils

J. Wilson



M. McGregor



Lizzie Golder



Ida Denton, S. Newton



Percy Saxby, Lizzie Hawkins



Elsie Partridge



Doris Miller
Fergus Large
May Bampton
R. Weallens
H. Cookson
Lily Bowlker
S. Odell
Catherine Webb
Dorothy Caldow
E. Summers
Gwen Pugh, B. Williams
R.R. Carmichael
Joyce Hood
Ivan Parsons
Audrey Mikkelson
Rolleston Cant
Joyce Wardle
Ian Parsons
Dorothy Weston
Arthur Baxter, Eunice Baker
Margaret O'Driscoll
Phillip Hewland
Selwyn Wilton,
Florence Stinear
Rae Alma Andrews
Patten George Lock
Owen E. Freeman
Ella J. Caithness




Lola Cox
Ross Righton
Ernest Mark
Shirley Roden
Roy Hough, Lucille Epps
Gordon Lochead
Eileen Erickson
Owen F. Haylock
June E. Nilsson
Geoffrey Horton
Doreen Caygill
Kenneth Lane, Avril Stone
Noeline Davey
Ray Sparrow, Lallie Jellie
Mavis Noonan
Donald Robertson
Shirley Rushbridge
Ray Windsor
Jean Munn
Alan Smith
Beverley Shalders
Garry Nankivell
Jean Stevenson
Eric Amor
Ailsa Cowan
Robert Reid
Heather McKenzie
Ian Provan
Pamela Keen
Murray Williams
Lesley Jones, Anne Stone
Paul Dunlop
Barbara Penrose
Ian Whitta
Lorraine Brady
Donald McBeth
Linda Chambler



Students Honours Board 2005 - Present


Head Boy: Timothy Seinafo

Head Girl: Calani Andrews
Mainfreight Prize: To be awarded in December


Head Boy: Tomas Aspinwall

Head Girl: Toaiga Palamo
Mainfreight Prize for Excellence: Samantha Mokomoko


Head Boy: Cameron Bailey

Head Girl: Stephanee Terris
Mainfreight Prize for Excellence: Stephanie Seinafo


Head Boy: Richee Clutterbuck

Head Girl: Anna Bleyendahl
Mainfreight Prize: Lucy Norris

Linwood North School Centennial

24th - 27th October 2008
Friday 24th October
Morning - from 9.30am
1.45 - 2.45pm

Open Morning at the school in classr ooms with the childr en.
Gold Award Learning Celebration Assembly: School Hall.
Registrations open at the School Office.
Ex Staff/B.O.T., School Committee/P.T.A. MembersCocktail Party.
All food and drinks provided.
The Three Rs - Re-acquainting, Reminiscing and Refreshments. All decades
will meet together in classrooms. A complimentary drink will be served and further
drinks can be purchased. Finger food will be provided throughout the evening.

Saturday 25th October

12.00 - 2.00pm
Displays and activities ar ound the school. Registr ations available.
Official Opening. This cer emony includes speeches, cutting the cake and after noon tea. There will also be decade photographs taken which will be able to be ordered from the official photographer of the day.
Pre Dinner Drinks at the Richmond Wor king Mens Club.
Centennial Dinner and Dance at Richmond Wor king Mens Club.
Sunday 26th October
Church Service at Holy Tr inity Anglican Chur ch, Avonside.
Monday 27th October
10am onwards
School Multicultural Community Day. Our Maor i and Pasifica school
communities warmly invite all Centennial participants to our School Community
Day which includes a hangi lunch, stalls and entertainment.


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The following is written by Tim Baker after talking with Ivor Young and his wife Hera over a hot drink.
Mr Ivor Stockham Young was born on 27th May 1909. His parents came out to New Zealand in the mid
1800s. His mother was from Scotland and was one of 16 children. His father William came from Stockham in
Wales and named his six children with Stockham as their middle name. They lived in Gayhurst Road on a five
acre section where his father grew apples and had seven glasshouses. William Young was the first person in
Christchurch to grew tomatoes commercially and were sold all over the South Island. This was a family affair
with everybody, kids and all, helping.
In the first decade or so of the 20th century there were just six houses in Westenra Street (now Ngarimu Street)
and nine in the whole of Dallington.
Ivor had a problem with his legs and had to have callipers. This resulted in Ivor starting school in 1914 at a
later age of six years young, almost seven. He would milk the two dairy cows at 6am, have the milk ready at
the gate and run to school before the bell rang at 9am.
Ivor recalls clearly his teachers being Miss Bell in Primer 1 and 2, Miss Spencer in Primer 3 and Miss
Craddock in Primer 4. Mr Carter was the School Chairman, Headmasters were Mr Evans then Mr Shirlaw then
Mr Douds (this was before women could be appointed). At the time Mr Douds was headmaster a rule in the
school was that only he could strap or cane children. This came about because of a horrible teacher who used
to put the leather strap in the pot belly stove in the classroom to make it brittle and hard, resulting in the strapping being very painful. Most children were strapped at one time or another, some very often.
Ivor was rewarded for having no days missed at school for 4 years. At this time there were 80 children in a
class and was the second largest attendance school in New Zealand. The boys and girls sat together in class but
had different shelters where they ate their lunch. The boys and girls were not to play together or even be seen
to talk to each other.

Ivor Young in
2008 at the age
of 99.



There was a swimming pool near the Westenra Street (Ngarimu Street) alley way and they swam regularly in
summer. Ivor loved swimming and recalls the teacher throwing disks into the water which sunk to the bottom
and the children would dive down to gather as many as they could. There were swimming sports every year
and Ivor did very well. They also swam at the Tepid Baths in the city where Ivan could swim three lengths
under water.
Gardening was an important part of school learning for the boys and Ivan won first prize in Standard 5 and 6.
Flower bulbs were donated by a local man and extensive gardens, about half an acre, were grown in the
grounds near the swimming pool. Marbles was a common game played, including kill and rings.
A family named Jacks had a property near the school on Westenra Street where they had ducks. At the back
of the school there was a storm water ditch running the width of the back field where the ducks would swim
and lay eggs. Everyday on their way home from school Ivor and his brothers would collect about 6 eggs and
take them home. This kept their family in good supply. Another local, Mr Fitch, had big peach trees and in
season, each day, would put out a box of peaches for the children at school to help themselves.
St Chads Anglican Church was located on the corner of Mile Road (Woodham Road) and Worcester Streets
before it was relocated to its present site in Aldwins Road. The building was used for class rooms at different
times. Ivor tells the story when he and his brothers went to Sunday school and were given a penny each for the
offertory. They would hide it in a post with a crack in it on the way and pick it up on the way home. In the
summer there was a penny and two-penny ice cream shop open just 100 metres from the school.
Ivor is an interesting man and a lot more could be written about him, so I end with what I think is a funny
story; At the age of 98, Ivans doctor told him if he didn't give up smoking it will kill him, so after eighty years
of smoking he gave up!
Thanks to Ivor and his wife Hera.

Rawiri Hillman
on the 4th August 2008,
his first day at Linwood North School (aged 5).


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008

Celebrating Our School Houses

Our Student Council And House Captains 2008

In 2000 when I was Deputy Principal, we introduced our School House system as a positive reward for the children for
their efforts in their learning, attitude, effort and behaviour in the classroom and the
playground. The School House system is a great way
to encourage T.E.A.M. work (Together Everyone Achieves More), to encourage healthy competition and a sense of pride in our school and community. Together we chose the House names to represent four significant
role models in our community that we are all proud of: Ngarimu, Porritt,
Wilding and Woodham. The whole school including the staff was split
evenly into four groups. Our House teams elect their own House Captains
for the year to lead them and they meet once a month with their teachers
after Gold Awards Assembly. House Points are collected from each class
weekly and we all look forward to the wining house for the week being
announced at Monday mornings assembly. At the end of each term the
overall winning House for term has a special treat with their teachers such
as games, going to Woodham Park, an iceblock or watching a movie. All
the children wear their house badges on their uniform with pride!

Second Lieutenant Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Ngarimu (1919-1943) was a member of the Maori Battalion during World War
2.He led his men with great determination and skill, displaying courage, stamina and leadership of the
highest order in battle. He was killed in action and awarded the first Victoria Cross given to a Maori
soldier posthumously.
Ngarimu Street is named after this Ngati Por ou Maor i warr ior . It was r enamed as Ngar imu
Street in 1948 when 120 streets in Christchurch were renamed to remove confusion because of their
similar names. Ngarimu Street was formerly named Palmers Lane, Withers Street/Road and Westenra
Sir Arthur Espie Porritt (1900 -1994) was born in Wanganui but lived most of his
years in Britain. He was the first New Zealand Rhodes Scholar to study medicine at
Oxford. In 1924 he represented New Zealand at the Paris Olympics as a athlete. He became a doctor
and an international sports
administrator. He returned to New Zealand to be the first New Zealand born Governor General from 1967 -1972 and was the last Governor General of New Zealand to
wear the full civil uniform.
Porritt Park is Chr istchur chs premier hockey facility, the home of Canterbury Hockey and named
after Sir Porritt.
Woodham (formerly known as The Retreat) was an early two storey residence of ten rooms on the
Mile Road. Woodham was built by Thomas Hichens and later owned by John Gwalter Palairet a stamp
clerk and by G. H.Whitcombe a bookseller and printer (Whitcombe
and Tombs now Whitcoulls) and Captain Invermay. It was
demolished in the early 1940s when the surrounding land became
Woodham Park which officially opened in 1942.
Woodham Road
Woodham Road was previously called Mile Road and Slaughterhouse Road. The Mile Road was a mile long when it finished at
Kerrs Reach and was previously called Slaugherhouse Road after a
slaughterhouse at the end of the road. Sheep and bullock heads, an
English delicacy at the time, were thrown into the potholes in the
road to fill them up. Mile Road was renamed as Woodham Road in 1900.
Woodham Park
The Christchurch City Council Bought Woodham in 1940 with the intention of providing a public park. The kitchen and
billiards room of the old house were retained to form the present day pavilion. The grounds of Woodham were laid out as a
park with large sweeping lawns, ornamental pools, flower beds and native and English specimens trees of Woodham were
retained and rhododendrons and other shrubs replented from a council property in Stanmore Road. It was put to use as a
childrens playground and neighbourhood park. Woodham Park has a famous collection of rare and unusual trees.
Fredrick Anthony Wilding (1883-1915) is one of the most important sporting icons of New Zealand. In 1907 to 1913 he
won eight Wimbledon titles including four singles and four doubles. His most successful year was in
1913 when he won the three World Championship Singles titles: Lawn (Wimbledon), Hard Court (Paris)
and Covered Court (Stockholm), so he was considered invincible. He was an
outstanding sportsman
rated amongst the greatest ever of lawn tennis champions, a position he won for himself by following a
strict lifestyle and a rigorous training schedule. He left New Zealand in 1902 to attend Cambridge and
qualified as a barrister and solicitor in 1909. Tragically he was killed in 1915 during the World War 1.
Wilding Park cater s for inter national and national standar d tennis. Ther e ar e 35 outdoor and 15
natural grass courts with seating for 1, 500 around the centre court. A new six court indoor facility was
completed in 2000.
Sandra Peter, Principal




Cutting of the
Centennial Cake
Left to right: Rawiri Hillman
(fist day at school),
Sandra Peter - Principal,
Head Girl - Calani Andrews,
Head boy - Tim Seinafo

On the 4th August 2008, one hundred years and one day after the school opened, the present pupils and
teachers of Linwood North School had a day of celebration.
The teachers wore period clothing hired from Ferrymead Historical Park. A celebration assembly began the
day at 9.15am where songs were sung, the schools beginnings were recalled, more songs were sung then the
school released two of the one hundred red and green helium balloons.
The challenging task of a school photograph followedsee page 77. Then after playtime, old fashioned
games were played in buddy classes. The games included knucklebones, marbles, hop scotch, skipping, quoits,
cards, ludo and pick up sticks. After lunch there were more songs, cutting and eating of the Centennial Cake
(Tim Barnett brought two more, to celebrate his 50th birthday, with him) and lots of smiles with the junior
children all taking home a balloon

Above: Letting two balloons go.

Right: Head Boy and Girl, Tim
Seinafo and Calani Andrews
with the centennial tree.


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Linwood North School Centennial Day 2008

240 Students

Back Row: Rochelle Ather ton Der mot Pr att Roger Munr o Russell Ber r y
Andy Thompson Pania Hiroti Cherie Taylor
Middle Row: Mar ie Gr ey Cather ine Moor e Michelle Lewis Nicki Cosgr ove
Teresa Geal Kay Stringer Dayle Hayman Mikyla Turner
Front Row: Br idget OSullivan Susan Hunt Helen Singleton (Associate Principal)
Sandra Peter (Principal) Liz Campbell (Associate Principal) Jan Power Ewan Todd
Absent: Danny Ryan Colleen Woodham




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Christchurch Star Newspaper

Friday August 29 2008 Page 85


Linwood North School Centennial 1908 - 2008



The school with their regular exercise routine
in the 1920s.


One of the original brick classrooms in 1924.

Linwood North School Centennial

ISBN 978-0-473-14155-4

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